When the entire cricketing fraternity is mourning Phil Hughes’ death, there are possibilities of the second tour game between India and Cricket Australia XI might be cancelled and the first Test at Brisbane might get cancelled or postponed. There is no official news on this from the boards of either sides. But, yesterday, the BCCI remained stubborn and wanted both the matches to go on as per the schedule. But the unfortunate incident earlier today might lead to the cancellation of both the matches, the right thing to do according to me.
According to Yesterday’s reports, the Indian Cricket Team opposed any chances of cancellation of Friday’s second tour match against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide. They were also not in favour of postponement of the first Test in Brisbane and made it clear that it should take place as per the schedule despite the Phillip Hughes tragedy. However a devastated CA XI could still withdraw from the tour clash.
Former Test all-rounder Brendon Julian believes the first Test starting next Thursday at the Gabba should be cancelled.
New South Wales players in the CA XI Gurinder Sandhu, Ryan Carters, Kurtis Patterson, Jake Doran and Pat Cummins are uncomfortable at featuring in the two-day match and the same goes with South Australian pair of Kelvin Smith and Alex Gregory, who did not train yesterday.
However India wants the match to proceed. BCCI spokesperson said “Postponed because of one player? I don’t think so. We have already sent well wishes to CA. We are only concentrating on our practice, game and schedule.”
Asked if CA could guarantee the tour match would progress, a CA spokeswoman said: “We just don’t know. At this point in time it is going ahead but can’t predict if something will change. We don’t know if the players feel up to it. Their welfare will be the priority. Things could change.”
CA XI: A Turner (c), R Carters, P Cummins, J Doran, S Grimwade, A Keath, K Patterson, Jonte Pattison, G Sandhu, M Short, Tvd Gugten, A Gregory/K Smith.