India to accept quarantine to save Australia test series
SYDNEY: India's cricket team is prepared to undergo quarantine to rescue a series of tests that spin money against Australia, a senior official said on Friday, but there was less optimism about this year's Twenty20 World Cup to take place. in Down Under.
Virat Kohli's men are slated to play a series of four events in Australia by the end of the year, but will have to isolate themselves for two weeks under current COVID-19 rules.
Cricket Board of Control in India treasurer Arun Dhumal said the test team was willing to make that sacrifice to save the series, which had little money Cricket australia desperately needs to replenish its coffers.
There is no other option: everyone will have to do that (quarantine). They should resume cricket, Dhumal told Fairfax newspapers.
Two weeks is not so long a confinement.
Australia this month dethroned India as the world's highest ranked test team, establishing the series as a major rivalry.
The series would also generate hundreds of millions of dollars for a host organization that struggles during the closure of the coronavirus.
Revenue from the series is so important to Cricket australia that it has proposed adding a fifth Test, which would mean ditching a one-off Test against Afghanistan in November.
Dhumal said it was too early to make a call to extend the Evidence series, suggesting that Indian broadcasters would prefer more limited matches because they generate more money.
They will want to have revenue and the revenue is likely to come from ODI or T20 much more than a compatibility test, he said.
While it would be relatively straightforward for the Australian government to allow the Indian team to enter the country for a bilateral series, Dhumal said organizing the 16-nation T20 World Cup was another matter.
He also questioned whether elite players would be ready for the October tournament.
They will have been out of cricket for a long time. Would you like to be without training for so long and immediately go play [the] World Cup? I ask.
That is a decision that every board must make. It seems to be difficult.