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’.
However, the cricket board has maintained that it has no idea about such notice. It is understood that the matter will continue for a long time due to the Covid-19 situation and might effect the Border-Gavaskar series. A schedule for India tour of Australia, subject to change was released by the cricket board, but it is still to be confirmed.
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.
The decision regarding the venues are also in discussion as MCG and Perth cannot be made available to host their scheduled matches due to the state borders being shut. Adelaide might hold the Day-Night match between India and Australia while New South Wales has been seen as an option.
Furthermore, the official broadcasters pay $75m cash for the rights to Test matches, women’s cricket and also both the BBLs. But the broadcaster has refused to pay the installment keeping in mind the India tour.