Reports: BCCI to allow family members to travel to Australia

The players and family members will fly to Australia soon after the completion of IPL 2020.

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The Indian cricket team is all set to resume international cricket after a span of nine months with a tour of Australia comprising three-match ODI and T20I series followed by four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy. The three ODIs will be played on November 27, 29 and December 1 while the teams will lock horns in three T20Is on December 6, 4 and 8.

The four-match Test series will take place from December 17 to January 19. This would be the first time the Indian team will grace the match field in the international circuit after the tour of New Zealand earlier this year.

Earlier it was reported that the families would not be allowed to travel with the cricketers and will have to return back to India after the ongoing Indian Premier League ends in case they are present in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has now decided to allow the family members to travel with the players during the long two months tour.

Family members to isolate along with the players in Australia

Given the restrictions, mandatory isolation period, and other reasons, the BCCI wasn’t confident of allowing the players to travel with their family members. But now, as per the Indian Express, BCCI agreed upon allowing the WAGS (Wife and Girlfriends) of players to travel with the team after the request from the senior players.

Notably, for the 13th edition of the T20 extravaganza, the BCCI had left it to the IPL franchises to take a call whether the family members can travel to UAE or not. While many franchises including Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals had allowed the family members to accompany the players, Chennai Super Kings had denied the same.

The players and family members will fly to Australia soon after the completion of IPL 2020. They will stay in isolation for 14 days. After one week, the players will be allowed to train. As has been the case in UAE, they might also undergo rounds of testing during the isolation period.