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The NSW have provided a late approval on Thursday afternoon for India’s touring players and the Australian players returning from IPL to quarantine and train in Sydney. Everything commenced with Cricket Australia (CA) planning Brisbane to be the base of quarantine for the Indians and the Australians returning after the IPL.

The teams will be traveling on a charter flight after the competition ends on 10th November. CA has also been working in alliance with the NSW government to set the stage for the entire Rebel WBBL (Women’s Big Bash League). It was later found out that the authorities had given a nod to accommodate the late change.

The fixtures have been updated and now, everything including the warm-up games for the Test series will be approved to have a standard courtesy afforded to all teams touring for international schedules in addition to the Department of Home Affair’s approval.

Aaron Finch and Virat Kohli
From left: Aaron Finch and Virat Kohli (Image Credits: CricketCountry)

Considering the recent scenario and the vigilance regarding how everything is planned, the governing body is positive about the functioning and expects no delay in getting the series underway. Kolhi and Co. will also be permitted to train while in quarantine but in groups, however, the size of the groups is uncertain.

Australia will host India for three ODIs followed by two T20s across Sydney and Canberra grounds before the four-Test series, which will kick-off at Adelaide in mid-December. Players will not get much time as the limited-overs begin just after their quarantine ends.

CA also decided to confirm the KFC BBL’s fixtures after India’s tour program is sorted. Players like Cheteshwar Pujara who will especially travel to play the test series will join the players and additional Indian support staff when they travel from home to UAE and then flying simultaneously to Australia.

This will be India’s first series after the lockdown period and playing in Australia will be a huge task for Kohli and Co. after a successful IPL.  

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