Australian head coach — Justin Langer opined that substantial compromises on domestic schedule — are needed to be made by the players in order to keep the game going. Australia will tour to the United Kindom (UK) for three T20Is and as many ODI’s by the end of August.
The teams will face each other in a limited-overs series in Manchester and Southampton and will be kept in a biosecure environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Petinently, this series will clash with the IPL and the players participating will reportedly miss the first week of the IPL which is set to commence on September 19th.
Domestic Cricket Needs To Be Compromised To Keep International Circuit Running: Justin Langer
Former cricketer Justin Langer has stated that the requirement of keeping big squads will affect the players who will have to stay out of the domestic competitions. Also, a full domestic schedule is likely not possible and its possibilities are being worked out.
“If we’ve got to have bigger squads because we can’t have guys coming in and out, 12th and 13th men playing Shield cricket which is unlikely to happen, that will take some of our best players out of our domestic competition,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Langer as saying.
“If we play the full domestic schedule, we might have to compromise on that – the costs to the game, we can’t let that blow out because that’s important for the health of the game – and there might be compromises in the domestic schedule, that’s being worked through at the moment,” he added.
Some Of The Best Players Will Have To Miss Matches To See Their Families
The players will have to miss some international cricket to see their families in this very tight schedule for international cricket post the pandemic break. Justin Langer told they will have to make sacrifices to play cricket by staying away from their families for long time, for the greater good of cricket.
“We might not be able to see our families because we need to keep the show on the road. Some of our best players might have to miss some international cricket so they can spend some time seeing families. Those are some of the compromises we might be looking at; we are aware and work through it as they come up,” he said.
“We’ll keep an eye on how the boys are travelling with the England tour then, the IPL, the quarantine then the summer kicking off. It’s certainly something we’re aware of.”
“The guys are going to already spend a lot of time away from home but we’re going to make sure we manage it really well. We’ve got to make some sacrifices for the greater good of the game of cricket in Australia but also the game worldwide. We’ve got to make sacrifices to make sure people get to see the Australian cricket team play again,” he concluded.
Australia will tour England in August end for a white ball series. The ODIs will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester from September 11 and will be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. The T20s will commence from September 4 and will be played in Southampton.