Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has informed that the much-anticipated Test series between India and Australia later this year will begin with the day-night Test match. Notably, it will be the first time that India will be playing the pink-ball Test against Australia.
While speaking to Indian Express, Sourav Ganguly said that Cricket Australia had shared a detailed plan for the bilateral series across the format with BCCI.
Still, the dates are yet to be finalised. He also added that India and Australia will play three-match T20I and as many as ODIs while they will also play the traditional four-match Test series. Ganguly also stated that the day-night Test match will be played in Adelaide.
“Cricket Australia has sent us an itinerary. We will play three T20Is, three ODIs and four Tests there. The first Test will be a day-night game in Adelaide. The dates haven’t been finalized yet,” Sourav Ganguly told The Indian Express.
Currently, Team India players are playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in the UAE while some Australian players, who are contractually bound with the IPL franchises, are also there.
Soon after the completion of the league, they are expected to travel to Australia. Sourav Ganguly also informed that they would be allowed to practice during the quarantine period.
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Sourav Ganguly had also hinted that the Ranji Trophy might be scheduled from January next year while all the domestic tournaments might not be possible to host this season.
“We have had extensive discussions on domestic cricket and we have tentatively decided to start the competitions from January 1, 2021. We will certainly have the full-fledged Ranji Trophy red ball tournament. It will probably not be possible to hold all tournaments,” Ganguly told PTI from Dubai.
Earlier, the Ranji Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, reportedly, was scheduled to be hosted in October and November but the rapid increase in coronavirus cases had forced BCCI to relook on their plans.