The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to select a large contingent of 32 members of the India National Cricket Team for the Australia tour as per various media reports. Indian’s tour of Australia 2020-21 is set to take place most likely from the end of November and it will be a two-month long tour with all the three formats being played out.
Majority of the Indian cricketers that are set to travel to Australia are currently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) contesting in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). These players will reportedly fly directly from the UAE to Austalia wherein, they will serve a quarantine period first and then take to the field, keeping in view the bio-secure bubbles established due to COVID-19.
The big news, however, is the fact that the BCCI has decided that players’ families won’t be allowed to travel to Australia as a means of safety and to avoid any sort of casual approach from the players themselves.
BCCI To Select A 32-Member Jumbo Squad For The Australian Tour: Reports
“They (selection committee) have been told to pick as large a squad as they want. We want back-up players ready and in Australia right through the tour. If a player gets injured, there shouldn’t be a situation where we have to call for a player from India,” said a BCCI official as quoted by the daily.
“Cricket Australia has sent us an itinerary. We will play three T20Is, three ODIs, and four Tests there. The first Test will be a day-night game in Adelaide. The dates haven’t been finalised yet,” BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said earlier this week.
BCCI And Cricket Australia To Work On Finalizing The Dates Soon
The two-month-long India’s tour of Australia is all set to take place from the end of November later this year. The long tour of Australia will begin with three T20Is and three One-Day Internationals (ODIs). Later on, both the teams will lock horns against each other in the four=-match Test series.
The selectors are to meet later this week to announce the squads for three formats and a report in the Indian Express states that the selection committee has been told to pick a large squad keeping in mind back-up players being available in case of injuries during the tour.