The Indian National Cricket Team has handed a big boost to Cricket Australia (CA) in their efforts to bring cricket back to life after the coronavirus pandemic. India is scheduled to tour Australia for a bilateral Test, ODI, and T20I series in October. The ICC T20 World Cup is slated to take place between the tour, and after the world cup, the tour will resume.
A senior BCCI official has stated that the Indian players will have to go into self-isolation for about two weeks before travelling to Australia. The coronavirus outbreak has wreaked havoc all across the globe, and the sporting action has also suffered a great deal due to the virus. Now, there have been constant talks to bring cricket back to life, and CA is focussed on getting things started with the Indian tour.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Arun Dhumal, BCCI’s treasurer, said that all the players of Team India will go into isolation for a two-week period should they be asked to do so.
Team India To Go Into 2 Weeks Of Self-Isolation Before Touring Australia
As per the norms, those travelling to Australia have to go into isolation for two weeks. This could have seen BCCI postponing the tour but looks like the board is also willing to play the much-awaited Test series.
“There is no choice – everyone will have to do that. You would want to resume the cricket. Two weeks is not that long a lockdown. That would be ideal for any sportsman because when you are in quarantine for such a long period, then going to another country and having a two-week lockdown it would be a good thing to do. We’ll have to see what the norms are post this lockdown,” Dhumal said.
Major Cricketing Events Come To A Hold After Coronavirus Outbreak
The sporting spectrum has also faced a lot due to the outbreak of the pandemic. Major cricketing action all across the globe has come to a standstill. India has also suffered a massive loss due to the rapid spread of the virus, and the entire country has come to a grinding halt. India was in a 21-day national lockdown from March 25, and now the nation-wide lockdown has been extended until May 17.
Recently, the IPL 2020 was suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak. To the disappointment of the cricket fans, the India-South Africa ODI series has also been called off. Apart from it, the Road Safety World Series has also been suspended.
The ECB had decided to postpone the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka due to the coronavirus pandemic. The series was to be a part of the World Test Championship (WTC).
All the English players playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) were called back immediately, and the tournament has been postponed.