When the cricket resumed, after months of lockdown, the pertinent question was, how will the spread of COVID-19 be restricted, and players be kept safe? A Bio-bubble came as the answer to it. England invited West Indies, Ireland, and Australia for bilateral series which went ahead successfully.
The biggest T20 league in the world, the Indian Premier League (IPL) was conducted successfully in the UAE, despite a few players and staff in the Chennai Super Kings squad testing positive for coronavirus.
It can be said that international cricket will resume in full flow, as on 27th November, Friday, three T20Is are scheduled; West Indies against New Zealand, India versus Australia, and England against South Africa. All the members of the touring party have to undergo a mandatory period of quarantine, according to the protocols in the respective country.
Indian team to quarantine in Australia before resuming group practice.
The entire Indian team -barring Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma – travelled from the UAE to Sydney after the conclusion of the IPL. They will have to undergo some specific days in quarantine adhering to the rules in Australia.
According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, frustrated by all the restrictions, one of the members of the team has labelled the isolation period as a ‘five-star prison.’
While everyone will be staying in the luxurious hotels provided with all facilities, there are restricted to do several activities. When in the isolation period, nobody is allowed to come out of the room to meet each other.
The report added that the players have to travel in groups in separate vehicles while maintaining social distancing. They are not allowed to dine together or work out in groups. These restrictions will be lifted once the quarantine period ends.
Virat Kohli will miss the last three Test matches.
Australia will host India for six white-ball games and four Test matches. The three-match ODI series commences on 27th November followed by 3 T20Is. The much-awaited Border-Gavaskar series will begin on 17th December with a day-night Test in Adelaide followed by the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, New Year’s Test in Sydney, and the last Test match in Australia’s fortress, Brisbane.
Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma stayed back in India to recover from the injuries they suffered during the IPL. The opener is rested from the limited-overs leg against Australia.
Regular Team India captain, Virat Kohli will miss out on the last three Test matches as he will leave for home to attend the birth of his first child. KL Rahul is named as vice-captain in white-ball cricket, and Ajinkya Rahane is likely to lead the side in the last three Test matches.