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Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden believes Cricket Australia should go ahead with the much-anticipated series against India only if they tick all the right medical boxes. Hayden feels no risks should be taken as the lives of players and staff will be at stake. There are reports suggesting that all the matches can be played at a single venue of Adelaide Oval and BCCI has also agreed to do the same to minimize the risk.
Furthermore, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal recently confirmed that the Indian team is ready to quarantine themselves for 14 days for the Australia tour. It is also reported that Cricket Australia will suffer a huge loss of 300 million Australian dollars if the tour is cancelled due to the pandemic.
All the medical issues should be addressed – Matthew Hayden
Australia is also expected to host the T20 World Cup from October 18 but in all likelihood, the T20I showpiece is expected to be postponed in the given health crisis. Meanwhile, Australia has managed to curb coronavirus thus far as 7023 cases have been reported in the country whereas 98 people have lost their lives.
“We do want to see live sport when it comes around to the backend of the year when the world is back to its feet.
“It will be a really good sign that the world is moving forward if the global cricket tournament can go ahead. So, my fingers are crossed that it does happen. But I am sure it won’t happen if there’s any medical risk to players and spectators,” said the former left-handed batsman while talking to IANS.
Hayden wants Cricket Australia to leave no stone unturned if they are planning to host the Indian team. The former left-hander believes no medical and health issues should be avoided by the board and they should make sure that they are taking all the precautions for the smooth conduct of the tour.
Nothing should be left to chance – Matthew Hayden.
Furthermore, Australia’s government has also barred its International borders and the tour can only go ahead if both the team’s government gave their respective boards a green signal.
“Certainly I think it should proceed if all health and safety issues are not compromised. If Cricket Australia can ensure clean stadiums then I think it should proceed but not until every last health authority in Australia is consulted with. No risks should be taken,” said Hayden
It is not going to be easy for Cricket Australia to go ahead with the tour. The hosts will need to make sure that everything is in the right place for the smooth conduct of the bilateral series.