The Board of Control for Cricket in India official Arun Dhumal believes that it is possible for the Indian team to travel Down Under for their upcoming series this year provided the team takes all possible precautions.
Pre-series self-quarantine, he suggests
Indians are scheduled to play a bilateral series this year in Australia. But amid the current situation, the future of the series remains uncertain. In the wake of the global pandemic, the cricket world which is at a long break now will most certainly go through some basic modifications in terms of everything- from hosting a tournament to celebrating a victory. On the same line, in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, the treasurer of Indian cricket board Arun Dhumal spoke about the possibility of upcoming India-Australia series. “There is no choice – everyone will have to do that. You would want to resume the cricket.”
He thinks two weeks of self-quarantine before playing the series in Australia can be a possible solution. “Two weeks is not that long 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.” he added.
Treasurer nods for more limited-overs cricket
Cricket Australia wanted to plan for a Test series earlier this year. Dhumal thinks that limited-overs cricket will be a more viable option to earn revenue in the post-pandemic world. “For any board for that matter, there has been a lot of revenue loss on account of this lockdown and COVID-19, so they would need to think about that.”
He added, “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.” He concluded by saying that the decision will be finally made based on the conditions after the lockdown gets over and cricket makes comeback.