After the 2020 IPL final, India will travel to Australia to play all the formats. The high-profile tour of Australia for India is likely to commence with six limited-overs games followed by the tourists’ defence of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, entailing four Tests. As per a report of the Sydney Morning Herald, Virat Kohli’s men are likely to get the green light to isolate themselves in Brisbane; however, their families remain an uncertainty.
The southern hemisphere of Australia is currently fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and Cricket Australia is struggling to secure permission for India to arrive and quarantine themselves next month ahead of their matches. The tourists would most likely confine themselves to their hotel rooms where they will be able to train together while isolating as per protocols to contain the spread of the pathogen.
The report by the Sydney Morning Herald stated that India hopes to bring 60 members, including players, staff, and family members. The likes of Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Mayank Agarwal, Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma, David Warner, Steve Smith, James Pattinson, and Pat Cummins would be moving from the bubble in the UAE to Australia. However, it is up to the government to decide whether their families could come from India.
“India hopes to bring an overall group of 60 to Australia, taking in players, staff and family members. But while Kohli’s men will be travelling from a bubble in the United Arab Emirates, where they have been playing in the Indian Premier League along with Australian players such as David Warner and Steve Smith, it will be left to the federal government to decide on any exemptions for family members coming from India,” the report stated.
Indian players hope that the Australian government allow their families to enter the nation:
The Indian players hope that the Australian government give clearance to their family members and if yes, allow for quarantining with the players instead of in a separate hotel room. There is yet another principal uncertainty surrounding the family matters since Virat Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma is due to give birth to their first child in January. Hence, it remains unclear whether Kohli will play the entire Test series.