The Indian cricket board, led by Sourav Ganguly, has proposed few changes for their tour Down Under slated to take place in December. The Indian cricket board has proposed Cricket Australia to re-schedule the New Year’s Test in Sydney to January 7 while Ganguly has also requested the board to soften the quarantine period.
A 14-day mandatory quarantine period has been set in Australia. But Indian cricket board president Ganguly said that he would like it to be reduced. However, according to a report in the watoday.com.au, sources familiar with the proposal to Queensland Health say concessions were only around rules permitting them to train.
“Queensland health officials are set to make cricket’s most powerful nation adhere to strict national protocols, details of which have delayed CA announcing a revised schedule for its $300 million summer,” the report said.
“There is an application for an extended squad of players, coaches, support staff and many families to land in Brisbane days after the final of the Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates on November 10,” it further added.
India’s tour Down Under is the most-anticipated series’ for Cricket Australia after the pandemic situation has hit the normal schedule. The board has made special arrangements for the series, including the bio-bubble, as the traditional four-Test series will help them to recover from the losses due to non-commencement of matches.
The hosting board has been hit by a major turmoil in the recent past, and it continues to worsen. The tussle between the cricket board and Channel 7 has taken another turn as reports suggest that a legal arbitration being pursued by the broadcaster owing to a ‘breach of contract’ by the board for ‘delivering a product not equal in quality to what was delivered the previous year’.
According to the original schedule, the first of four-match series between Australia and India will get underway from December 3 in the bio-bubble. The final Test will conclude on January 7, 2021 which will be followed with a three-match ODI series. Though an official schedule is yet to be announced.