BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly has said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is in talks with Cricket Australia (CA) regarding the bio-bubble to be made stronger.
India will fly to Australia in November for a full-fledged tour. The tour will comprise of 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs, and a four-match Test series. India registered a historic Test series victory by a scoreline of 2-1 on their last tour down under. The squads for the tour are expected to be announced on 26th October, Monday.
So far it is ahead: Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly has said that the tour will take place even though Cricket Australia does not announce a confirmed schedule. The BCCI boss said that the first part of the tour would be held in Sydney, where the players will have to be in a 14-day quarantine.
Sydney is also hosting the ongoing Women’s Big Bash League. Ganguly said that situation regarding COVID-19 had improved a lot in Australia and they are making sure to provide a safe environment to the players.
Sourav Ganguly told the Sydney Morning Herald, “So far it is ahead. The initial part will be in Sydney. We are still in discussions on how to get the bio part and medical parts stronger because it’s a long tour but I am told Australia is COVID free at the moment, there aren’t many cases. Basically, we are trying to get everything in place and make sure it is safe. That’s all.”
On whether the families will travel with the players, Ganguly said they have requested CA to accommodate families as well. They have been in the bio-bubble throughout the IPL and will go straight to Australia. Ganguly doesn’t see any reason why the families won’t be allowed.
“We have requested that [families of cricketers to be accommodated on tour] because they have been in the IPL for a long time and then they go straight from the IPL to Australia because there is a 14-day quarantine. It will be solved. They [players] have already been living in a bubble for the last 80 days.
“I don’t see a reason why the families won’t be allowed to come. The Australian cricket board is trying to accommodate the families. It should be okay,” he added.
A jumbo squad for all three formats will travel together. While most of the players to travel are playing the IPL, Test specialists like Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari along with Head Coach will travel to UAE to undergo quarantine.