BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed India’s tour of Australia later this year but he has demanded a short period of quarantine amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Australia and India are scheduled to play three-match T20I series in October followed by four-match Test series in December. In January, the teams will play the three-match ODI series. Additionally, with the new quarantine routine added due to pandemic, the players will have to tour two to three weeks before the series begins to curb the spread of the virus. Thus, it will be an extended tour.
Sourav Ganguly hoped that numbers of quarantine days get reduced as it might depress the players for living two weeks in a hotel room.
“We have confirmed that tour. In December we will be coming. We just hope the number of quarantine days get reduced a bit because we don’t want the players to go all that far and sit in hotel rooms for two weeks. It is very, very depressing and disappointing,” Sourav Ganguly told India Today.
“And, as I said, Australia and New Zealand have been in good positions except Melbourne. So from that point of view we will be going there and hopefully the quarantine days will be less and we can get back to cricket,” Ganguly added.
This series will be more than the World Cup: Sourav Ganguly
India had registered victory in Test series against Australia when they toured last year. Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to lead the team to victory in Test series in Australian soil. However, he was not fully credited for the triumph as said Australia were missing their star performers, Steve Smith and David Warner. But as in the upcoming tour, the duo will join the team, Sourav Ganguly said that it would be tough series for India though he believes his countrymen are no less.
“It is going to be a tough series. It is not going to be what it was two years back. It is going to be a strong Australia but our team is as good. We have the batting, we have the bowling. We just need to bat better. The best teams overseas bat well, ” Sourav Ganguly said.
Ganguly said that the series will be more important to Kohli’s tenure as captain of the side than the World Cup.
“Because you are Virat Kohli your standards are high. When you walk out to play, when you walk out with your team, I, watching on TV, don’t expect you to just play well against Australia. I expect you to win. So you have to live up to the standards. For his captaincy tenure this will be a milestone series – more than the World Cup,” said the former India captain.
The tour will begin with the T20I series on October 11 at Brisbane while the four-match Test series will begin from December 3. The ODI series is scheduled to begin on January 12 in Perth.