Not only Cricket Australia, Tim Paine would be desperate too for this year’s Test series against India to go ahead as scheduled. The Australia captain must be desperate to make amends this year after becoming the first Australian captain to lose a home Test series to India in 2018-19.
And in the last few months, he has made it clear that he has his eyes set on the series. Not very long ago, Tim Paine had almost given the Virat Kohli-led side a warning of sorts and said that his current team with Steve Smith and David Warner back in it will be a ‘different kettle of fish’ in the upcoming Test series in December.
But there are big question marks over the series because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. While there is still some time left before the Test series, the way things are unfolding at the moment, the signs are not at all encouraging. And if the series is cancelled, it could cost Cricket Australia up to a staggering $300 million in lost TV revenue.
The cricket board is under huge financial pressure due to global lockdown and has laid off 80 percent of its staff. Well, Cricket Australia is trying all it could to make sure that the series takes place as scheduled. And Tim Paine has revealed the board’s plan for the series.
“I think there’s a bit of safeguarding towards the potential of India not coming (on a tour in December/January) which is worth something like 250 to 300 million dollars,” Tim Paine said on ABC Radio.
“I’m hoping that they get here, that would solve a lot of issues,” he added.
He further spoke about the board’s plan for the series. Cricket Australia is reportedly in talks with the Australian government to convince it to lift the current travelling restrictions for Team India. Tim Paine said that Australia could also arrange for charter planes to take Team India Down Under.
“I know there’s been some early talks with Cricket Australia and the government around the potential of what could be done, chartering planes and getting them in isolation when they get here to make sure that we can get India here,” the 35-year-old stated.