The Indian cricket team is ready to be in quarantine for 14 days in Australia before the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in December-January. The two cricket boards- BCCI and Cricket Australia are looking at lucrative Ind vs Aus Test series to cover up the financial losses.
The coronavirus pandemic has brutally affected cricket boards across the globe. As there is no game of cricket happening anywhere in the world right now, the cricketing bodies are facing a huge financial crisis. Cricket Australia is the one board that is facing the most heat. CA is expected to run out of cash by August if the situation remains the same.
As a result, Cricket Australia is looking at the test series with India later this year to stabilize its condition. The Virat Kohli led side is expected to face Tim Paine led side for 4 test matches. CA can incur a loss of about USD 300 million if Ind vs Aus matches get canceled.
Moreover, the Australian government has imposed a six-month travel ban in the country. Its borders are sealed till September 30 which might affect the Ashes and the T20 World Cup 2020.
Though the series is under threat, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal cleared the stand of the Indian board. He said that team is willing to spend 14 days in quarantine to resume the game as soon as possible.
“There is no choice (but to quarantine themselves in Australia) – everyone will have to do that. You would want to resume cricket,” Dhumal quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald.
Arun further added, “Two weeks is not that long of a lockdown. That would be ideal for any sportsman because when you are in quarantine for such a long period, then going to another country and having a two-week lockdown, it would be a good thing to do. We’ll have to see what the norms are post this lockdown,”
The BCCI treasurer made it clear that BCCI will not accept Cricket Australia’s request to play 5 test matches. He added that BCCI believes that more revenue comes from ODI and T20 than tests.
Arun Dhumal revealed, “Given the revenue loss they will have on account of lockdown, post lockdown they will want to have revenue and revenue most likely will come from ODIs or T20s much more than a Test match,”