Families can accompany Indian cricketers on the two-and-half month tour of Australia which includes three ODIs, as many T20Is and four Tests after BCCI confirmed the same. BCCI were earlier reluctant and unwilling to allow families of cricketers due to stringent quarantine restrictions in Australia but reconsidered their decision after requests from a few senior players.
Many cricketers would have been without their family for six months by the end of the series after the conclusion of four Tests in Australia had BCCI not managed to convince the Australian cricket board to allow a jumbo touring group of 60 members for the bilateral series.
Indian Cricketers Requested BCCI To Allow Family Which Some Of Them Didn’t Bring To UAE
Some Indian cricketers requested BCCI to allow family since some of them didn’t bring families to UAE where IPL 2020 is being held.
“A few Indian players had requested us to allow family because some of them didn’t bring their wives to UAE,” a BCCI official said.
“We have informally informed players that they can take their families. Their families passport details have been taken,” a BCCI official told The Indian Express.
Sporting events are taking place in Australia most of the time with 50 per cent crowds in most of the stadiums, and Cricket Australia was in talks with local health authorities who were strict on the logistics of staying in a bubble and the limited number of people in the touring party.
The Indian team is scheduled to depart to Australia via a chartered flight from Dubai after the conclusion of IPL 2020. The players will be undergoing a 14 days quarantine in Sydney; however, like UAE, they will be allowed to train and use practice facilities after seven days.
Indian Cricketers Have Been Arranged Chartered Flight For Flying Back To India After ODI Series For Those Who Aren’t In Test Squad
The players have also been given a choice if they want their families to return to India after the ODI series or come back with them after the Test series is over. Virat Kohli will lead Indian cricketers in all three formats.
“The board has arranged a chartered flight for those players who will not be part of the Test squad. They will fly back to India after a one-day series. It’s up to players whether they want to send their families after one-dayers or after a Test series gets over,” official added.
Though players will be allowed to use practice and gym areas in Australia, Indian players want similar kind of arrangement to be made for their families as it was in the UAE for the IPL 2020. Many IPL franchises allowed players to bring wives and girlfriends to the UAE.
Since a designated area was in place to meet and greet, players and families didn’t have much problem to adjust.
India will play three T20, three ODI’s and four Test matches against Australia starting from November 27. It will be the first full-fledged bilateral series after the pandemic for the Indian team.