WACA Chief Slams Cricket Australia For India Test Snub

‘Disappointing’: WACA Chief Slams Cricket Australia For India Test Snub

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 13: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarizing filter was used for this image.) A general view of play during day one of the Third Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the WACA on December 13, 2013 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Cricket Australia confirmed the dates for India’s tour Down Under with the 2020-21 schedule announced earlier on Thursday. The traditional four-Test Border-Gavaskar series will be played in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. According to WACA chief, the stadium in Perth, was also touted to be one of the venue for the Test series.

The new stadium built in Perth hosted India during the 2018-19 tour, but for the series later this year, Perth has not been given hosting rights, according to reports. WACA chief has vented their fury against Cricket Australia and said that it is a ‘disappointing’ for all the fans waiting to see cricket in Perth.

Tim Paine | Virat Kohli | Australia vs India 2018 |
Tim Paine and Virat Kohli. Credit: Getty Images

WACA Chief: I’m really disappointed in this decision

“The government invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to make Perth Stadium cricket friendly from the start, so all the facilities for cricket were built into that, and at the time Cricket Australia gave a guarantee to the government that they would absolutely be utilising that stadium to its fullest,” Matthews said.

Mitchell Johnson confident of pace in Perth
Johnson says Perth is the fastest wicket in Australia. Image Courtesy: Getty

“I just want to say as chair of the WACA and on behalf of the WACA and all cricket lovers in WA, I’m really disappointed in this decision. I actually think it’s the wrong decision, we made a really compelling case, along with the government to CA, I looked at that again this morning, and when I went through it, I just can’t understand why they’d make that decision,” he added.

The WACA, however, has been given the hosting rights for the one-off series against Afghanistan slated to take place between November 21 to 25.