The Indian touring party should expect to spend a full two weeks in quarantine when they arrive for the Test summer despite calls from BCCI president Sourav Ganguly for it to be “reduced a bit”
India’s four-Test series will go ahead despite confirmation the T20 World Cup, which was to be staged in Australia in October and November, would be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Australia is still in line to host one of two back-to-back World Cups in 2021 and 2022, with India to host the other.
Interim Cricket Australia boss Nick Hockley said despite ongoing uncertainty as the pandemic continues to plague the world, the expectation was India would be here in December.
He said there would be a “huge amount at stake” if it didn’t happen.
Hockley said travel exemptions would be needed and a “testing regime” established for Indian players, with plans for a biosecure bubble, potentially in Adelaide where a hotel is attached to Adelaide Oval, could hosts the tourists for their mandated 14-days in quarantine after arrival.
Last week Ganguly, who is currently self-isolating at home in India after his brother tested positive to coronavirus, said he didn’t want his players to “sit in hotel rooms for two weeks”.
“It is very, very depressing and disappointing,” Ganguly said.
“Australia and New Zealand have been in good position 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.”
But Hockley said the quarantine period was “well-defined” and CA was in discussions to provide the Indians with facilities to ensure their preparations for the series were “optimal”.
“Whether it’s a hotel on site or hotels in close proximity to venues, certainly creating that environment where we are minimising risk of infections and creating a biosecure environment is the absolute priority,” he said.
“There’s a huge amount at stake if we are unable to do that.
“We will need to get exemptions. Its unlikely international travel restrictions will have lifted by the time India are due in to the country.
“Clearly there will be testing regimes … before they get on the plane, then making sure we have the quarantine regulations in lines.
“All those plans are currently in development.”
India’s captain Virat Kohli gives Aaron Finch a talking-to (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)Source:AFP
Hockley said CA had been taking lessons from the football codes in Australia, and the Test series being staged between England and the West Indies, about staging events in the current environment.
But he said cricket had a wider “portfolio” of events with the Test series, more international matches, BBL, WBBL and Sheffield Shield to consider.
“What’s clear is we are going to have to have a level of flexibility,” he said.
“It’s by no means going to be a normal summer.”
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