Australia to Tour India For Three One Day Internationals in 2020
India National Cricket Team will host the Australian team for three One Day International in 2020. However, the itinerary of the tour is yet to be finalized. In fact, according to ICC Future Tour Programme, Australia was scheduled to tour India in late 2020. But, it is expected that this tour will take place in the first six months of the year.
In fact, multiple reports state that Cricket Australia had requested the change in the dates. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India had refused to alter the dates of the tour and had reported that the tour will begin several days earlier.
BCCI has stood their stand.
Furthermore, with the refusal of Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket Australia had to drop the home ODI series against New Zealand, which would have begun after New Year’s Test Match at Sydney.
Consequently, New Zealand Cricket has accepted the delay in their series. They are looking at other dates for their tour.
“We’re quite happy about it and confident a contingency can be arrange,” a New Zealand Cricket spokesman told stuff.co.nz.
A Cricket Australia spokesperson said: “We have been working hard to rejig the schedule to fit a change in dates for the two ODI series, at home with New Zealand and away with India, on the back end of the Sydney test but there are necessary trade-offs.
“As a sport, we are fortunate that we have three formats, a compelling international and domestic offering for both men and women.
“What we are working through is a solution that sees us honouring our commitments to overseas boards, being flexible to their changing needs, balanced with the need to schedule a summer of cricket that works for the fans. We are confident we will find a way to deliver, with some trade-offs.”
The shuffling could have its repercussions.
However, the shuffle in the dates of the tour has landed Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts in the muddle. As the Big Bash League takes place in December and January, Australian star players like Steven Smith, David Warner, and Glenn Maxwell will miss the majority of the matches for their respective franchises in the domestic T20 league.
In fact, this schedule is likely to have more impacts. It can also put India’s tour to Australia in danger. Furthermore, Cricket Australia’s hopes of staging the Pink ball Test against India could also take a blow. India had refused to play the Day-Night Test on the previous tour.