Former Australian legend Michael Hussey has said that he will ensure that team India tour Australia as per the schedule later this year. Earlier, Hussey had said that the ICC T20 World Cup which is scheduled to take place this year in Australia might prove on to be a logistical nightmare for the host country.
Notably, a decision on the future of T20 World Cup is yet to be taken and reports have suggested that hosting a 16-team event during these extraordinary times would be an upheaval task. Cricket Australia is expected to make 70-80 million dollars from T20 World Cup while its earning from India series is expected to be somewhere around 300 million dollars. Hussey agreed to the fact that India series is a big one for CA.
Now, Michael Hussey has said that he will make sure that team India’s tour of Australia, which will take place later this year, stays onboard as per the scheduled dates.
Michael Hussey Opens Up On India’s Tour Of Australia
Apart from the financial aspect of the game, Michael Hussey also talked about the actions which are in store for the fans during the Australian summers.
“Cricket Australia has been preparing themselves for the worst scenario and that is why they have been furloughing staff and look to cut back at a lot of programs because in case the T20 World Cup and India series is not possible…this is what Cricket Australia base their whole 4-year financial cycle on is an Indian series because that is where they make all their money. So they will be putting a lot of effort and time and energy and talking to the government to make sure that the Indian series goes ahead. That’s the big one for them,” Michael Hussey told Chetan Narula on his YouTube channel.
“I am salivating already on the prospect of this series. India were sensational last time they came to the Australian shores. It was great to see them win as the win made them believe they can win in Australian conditions. However, it will be a different series this time. Throwing David Warner and Steve Smith into the squad make that team much stronger. Indian bowlers will have to work hard, no questions. But the ban on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft exposed few players to Test cricket. That gave Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head chance in Test cricket and even Matthew Wade got a chance to make a comeback,” Michael Hussey added.
“It gave them that confidence that they are good enough to play on that level. It’s not easy to play in Test cricket and dominate. It builds the depth of the Australian team as well. I think the Australian team in this series will be far stronger. Steve Smith, David Warner, world class bowlers like Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon, then other guys having more experience this time will help,” Michael Hussey said.
Team India To Tour Australia Later This Year
India’s tour will begin with a T20 International match on October 11 at Brisbane. The other two T20I matches will be played on October 14 (Canberra) and October 17 (Adelaide). The four-match Test series begins on December 3 at Brisbane.
India are then scheduled to play a day/night Test from December 11 to 15 in Adelaide. The third and fourth Tests will be held in Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (January 3 to 7). The ODI series is scheduled to begin on January 12 in Perth, followed by matches on January 15 (Melbourne) and January 17 (Sydney).