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Cricket Australia has announced the full schedule of their International summer on Friday, 29 May. The Australian board has set up a three-match T20I series against India from October 11 whereas the ODI series is to begin from January 12. The much anticipated four-match Test series will be played from December 3 with the first match to take place at the Gabba, Brisbane.
The tour is scheduled in such a way that the T20 World Cup will take place from October 18 to November 15. However, the global event is still hanging on by a thin thread due to travel restrictions.
India not to play T20I series against Australia
It is reported by Mumbai Mirror that India will not play the T20I series and they will only play the ODI and Test series against Australia. If India is to play the T20I series from October 11, they will need to travel to Australia twice for the tour as the last T20I is scheduled on October 17 and the visitors will also need to quarantine themselves before the T20I series. Thus, with T20 World Cup likely to be postponed, the Indian team can not stay for almost 45 days in Australia to wait for the Test series.
Hence, it looks almost certain that the T20I series will not take place. Furthermore, there is a good chance the Indian Premier League can take place in the October-November window if the T20 World Cup is postponed.
In fact, it was reported that the IPL is most likely to replace the global event in October-November but the ICC has squashed such reports. ICC has stated that the plans are still on to host the T20I showpiece as it is scheduled. The governing body was expected to take a final call on the T20 World Cup on May 28 but now the decision is deferred to June 10.
On the other hand, it is reported that Cricket Australia might need to reschedule the dates of the pink ball Test match at Adelaide, which is to begin from December 11. The Indian captain Virat Kohli wants to play a practice match before the day-night fixture and there are only three days between the first and second Test.