India is fine with playing the entire Australian series in Adelaide: Arun Dhumal
NEW DELHI: Indian captain Virat Kohli and his team will be open to play the entire series of tests against Australia in 'bio-insurance' Adelaide Oval If the situation calls for it, said a senior Indian cricket table official.
India is slated to play four tests and three one-day internationals in December and January on a tour that is reportedly worth A $ 300 million ($ 193.77 million) in broadcast revenue for Cricket australia (CALIFORNIA).
Australia vice captain Travis Head on Thursday backed the idea of playing the entire Test series behind closed doors at Adelaide Oval, where an on-site hotel is under construction, to ensure it goes ahead amid restrictions forced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The boys would be very interested in returning to the field, treasurer of the Cricket Board of Control in India (BCCI) Arun Dhumal he said in an interview.
If the situation allows a single venue for all parties, so be it. Perhaps when the blockade is lifted, it would be the new normal that everyone must follow.
There is talk of games without spectators. No one would like that, but if it is about that and there is no other way, one may have to do that.
There are still six and seven months to go. We will make the right choice for the safety and health of our children.
BCCI had to postpone this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) due to the pandemic, and the world's richest cricket board is looking at a potential loss of $ 530 million if it finds no other window for lucrative competition.
Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates have offered to host the Twenty20 competition, but BCCI is not interested in changing it.
The Indian government has imposed travel restrictions. Therefore, even if someone makes an offer, they cannot travel there. Where is the question of holding the tournament? Dhumal said.
The pandemic has also jeopardized the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia, which will begin in October.
Dhumal suggested that the BCCI would consider placing IPL in the window from October to November if the world tournament cannot go ahead.
If the IPL has to happen, there should be a clear window of 30 to 40 days, he said.
If the T20 World Cup doesn't happen, and there is a window available, then it would be resolved, subject to restrictions, of course.
With the cricket schedule increasingly crowded after a series of postponements, getting foreign players for the IPL would be a huge headache in any other window, he said.
We may love our foreign players, but there could be some touring going on, some ongoing bilateral series.
And its availability is subject to many conditions, whether foreign boards allow its players to travel. Some countries may still be blocked.
As of now, everyone is engaged in the T20 World Cup. If that tournament is not there, then all the boards have their players available (for IPL), Dhumal added.