India’s Tour Of Australia In Dilemma Due To COVID-19 Scare
The coronavirus pandemic has promoted social distancing as this is the only way left to get rid of the ready virus. To curb the spreading of the virus, the governments across the world have announced lockdown, and also some have closed their borders. Australia is likely to expand the time of travel ban to six months which means the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 and also the Test series against India will be called off or postponed.
The COVID-19 cases are rising at rapid speed. It is very infectious, which can be transmitted easily. So, for the safety of cricketers and masses, governments are taking these bold steps. All the international tour have been postponed. Now, the ICC will have to face the problem to conduct the mega event.
If reports are to believe that Australia will ban the travel for six months, the T20 World Cup event can be shifted to the next year.
“Right now it’s too early to say anything. It’s a potential six-month travel ban. If the situation is under control, it could be lifted early also,” a senior BCCI office-bearer privy to the developments, told PTI on the condition of anonymity.
“If the international travel ban, in reality, exists for six months, then it becomes a logistical nightmare. At least, for the T20 tri-series before the World T20.
“The processing of visa, tickets everything becomes a logistical challenge. Also not only Australia, but England are also supposed to tour India in September for their white-ball leg. Will things be normal in the UK and players allowed to travel. These are big questions,” another BCCI source said.
India have a long plan for Australia tour
If the T20 World Cup is pushed back, then the four-match Test series between India and Australia, which is part of the World Championship, could also get affected. Apart from the T20 WC and Test series, India also have the plan to play the T20I and ODI bilateral series in this Australia tour. So, all the events are in the doubtful stage.
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