India captain Virat Kohli is likely to travel to Australia later this year despite he and his wife expecting their first child in January. The batting superstar, on Thursday, announced the pregnancy news while also revealing that he and his wife Anushka Sharma are expecting their first child in January 2021.
As soon as Virat Kohli announced the news, media reports Down Under said Cricket Australia (CA) and its broadcasters would be “holding their breath” over the availability of one of the biggest crowd-puller of world cricket. Well, it looks like the right-handed batsman would travel to Australia for the bumper Test series.
“He’s available for the tour, at least he has not said anything to the contrary,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by Reuters.
“Now, if he has to come back in the middle of the tour, he has not said anything about that either. Of course there’s plenty of time before the series,” he added.
The four-match Test series is scheduled to start on December 3 in Brisbane while the last Test starts on January 3. It will be followed by a three-match ODI series which ends on January 17.
CA are pinning their hopes on the series against India to get things back on track as far as revenue is concerned. The series against India is reportedly worth 300 million Australian dollars ($220 million) to CA, which has already lost this year’s T20 World Cup to the COVID-19 pandemic and will now host the tournament in 2022. CA is also under pressure from the broadcasters with the boss of Australia’s Channel Seven threatening to terminate their contract over the board’s handling of the summer schedule.
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