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One of the BCCI officials has revealed that the T20I series against Australia scheduled in October will need rescheduling if the T20 World Cup is scrapped. Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings has confirmed that the plans to stage the T20 World Cup looks unrealistic in the current situation. Meanwhile, India is set to play three-match T20I series against Australia from October 11.
The series is scheduled keeping in mind the T20 World Cup. However, if the global event is postponed, then it would not make sense to travel to Australia for a solitary T20I series as the Test series will begin from December 3. Thus, it would be a prudent decision to club the T20I series with the Test and ODI series later in the year.
BCCI will host IPL if T20 World Cup is deferred
It is known the players also need to quarantine themselves for 14 days before the start of every series. Furthermore, if the T20 World Cup is deferred then there are good chances that the IPL will take place in the same window. Ergo, the Indian players will play in the IPL and the T20I series against Australia will need to be postponed.
A BCCI official said while talking to IANS, “If the T20 World Cup is scrapped, as it increasingly looks as if it will, then travelling to Australia in October would not be practical and we can visit them post the IPL, if the IPL season indeed happens during that period.
“If the IPL was not to take place then it would impact the FTP as far as India is concerned as the BCCI will have to ensure revenues to ensure that the domestic players earn money this year. This is only the scenario pertaining to India. The other boards also have their issues. The indecision at the ICC is costing the ICC members at the moment,” he pointed.
The T20I series was included in the Future Tour Programme so that it would serve as perfect preparation for the World Cup. However, if the World Cup is not held as it is planned from October 18 to November 15, it would be hard for the Indian team to travel to Australia for three-match T20I series in the ongoing health crisis.
Consequently, it is expected that Cricket Australia and the Board of Control for Cricket in India will look to adjust the T20I series when the Indian team will tour for Test and ODI series.
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