India Tour Of Australia Schedule Confirmed As Government Gives Green Signal

India Tour Of Australia Schedule Confirmed As Government Gives Green Signal

Tim Paine, Virat Kohli
Tim Paine and Virat Kohli (Credits: Twitter)

The schedule for India tour of Australia has been confirmed as the New South Wales state government gave a green signal to the quarantine period together which was knitted together with Cricket Australia. Sydney and Canberra are set to host the limited-overs series before the teams head for the traditional Border-Gavaskar series.

The confirmation of the quarantine schedule has been released by the NSW government but the Indian cricket board is still to give it a final sign-off. The tour will get underway with the first two ODIs on November 27 and 29 are set to be played at the SCG, the third ODI on December 1 and the first T20I on December 4 will take place at Canberra’s Manuka Oval, before the teams return to Sydney for the final two T20Is at the SCG on December 6 and 8.

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India won the 2018-19 series 2-1 (Photo-Reuters)

India Australia Test series to start with Pink-Ball Test

According to a report in espncricinfo, the Test series will get underway in Adelaide with the Pink Ball match. The Adelaide Oval match will take place between December 17-21, with Adelaide also the backup option for the Boxing Day Test should the Covid-19 situation not allow it to be held at the MCG. Otherwise Melbourne will be the venue for Boxing Day (December 26-30) followed by Tests in Sydney (January 7-11) and finally Brisbane (January 15-19).

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.

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Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell of Australia speak to Virat Kohli of India. Credit: Getty Images

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.