Australia pondering India Tests behind closed doors

Australia pondering India Tests behind closed doors

CA has plenty of thinking to do as during the same time, the Men's T20 World Cup is also set to take place.

Tim Paine and Virat Kohli
Tim Paine and Virat Kohli. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Cricket Australia (CA) is keeping every ‘viable option’ open to make sure that India’s tour later this year takes place. The tour is scheduled to get underway from October 2020 to January 2021, but there are doubts over the same due to the massive coronavirus pandemic around the world. In this scenario, CA doesn’t want to press the panic button and cancel the series.

In fact, Kevin Roberts, the CA chief Executive, has been mulling the idea of conducting the five Tests in front of empty stands. He said that CA is ready to have a detailed discussion with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the players before coming to a conclusion.

We’ll explore all viable options: Cricket Australia chief

“At this point, we won’t rule anything out in terms of the Indian series. Along with the BCCI, the Indian players and their support staff, we want to stage a series that inspires the cricket world, whether or not there are people at the venue or not sitting in the stands,” Roberts was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.

“So, we’ll explore all viable options, many of which wouldn’t have been contemplated until now. We are in a different world where all of a sudden we’re being grateful for what we have rather than lament about things that we don’t,” he stated.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Cricket in Australia came to a halt after the first ODI against New Zealand at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground. The 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup that the hosts won took place though without any hiccup.

Apart from the tour of India, CA has more reasons to scratch their head. The Men’s T20 World Cup is set to start in the mid of October and the doubts have been cast over the mega event as well. But the International Cricket Council (ICC) is ready to wait before taking a final decision.

Earlier, Josh Hazlewood, the Aussie fast bowler, put forth the idea of multiple Tests at a particular venue and named the Adelaide Oval. “It’s obviously a last resort I guess. But I think if anywhere could do it, it’s probably Adelaide,” Josh said on Monday, April 21.