Cricket Australia (CA) has announced the schedule of Australia's upcoming 4-match Test series against India at the start of the next Australian summer.
Initially, there were talks that India might play five Test matches on the tour as the Test series between these two countries gets a lot of viewership.
However, the situation changed after the lockdown and the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly made it clear a couple of weeks ago that India would not be able to play an extra Test match in Australia.
According to Ganguly, since there would be a 14-day quarantine period and then limited-over games as well apart from the Test matches, the tour would get stretched a lot if an extra fifth Test match is added to the schedule.
Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney are going to be the four venues which will host the four Test matches. The Adelaide Test match, which will be the second of the series, will be a pink ball Test and will be played under lights.
Many people were of the view that Australia might schedule the whole Test series at one particular venue as it would help them create a bio-secure environment for the players.
However, CA has opted to go for four different venues and BCCI doesn’t seem to be complaining about it.
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal insists if CA is confident they will be able to manage the travelling of the players to four different locations, BCCI has no issues.
“They (CA) were thinking of hosting it at one venue but it seems that they are confident it would be safe for the players to travel and organize, so be it. We'll have no problem with that.” Dhumal was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
As per the schedule announced by CA, the Test series will start on 3rd of December.
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