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Will the Aus Vs India Pink-ball Test move away from Adelaide?

by  Neel Ashar  •  Last updated on 2020-11-18 17:27:14

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Cricket Australia Interim CEO Nick Hockley has assured everyone that the Pink-ball Test match between India and Australia will go ahead as planned, however, the Melbourne Cricket Ground will be kept on standby if the need arises. There has been a Covid-19 outbreak in South Australia's capital Adelaide in recent days. Cricket Australia has airlifted all international cricketers playing Sheffield Shield in Adelaide such as Marnus Labuschagne and Tim Paine to other states. Paine headed home to Tasmania while Labuschaagne will head to Sydney from Adelaide. All players have been advised self-isolation and testing if symptoms begin to appear. 

While we hope that the Adelaide Oval would be able to host the historic Pink-ball Test match betwixt India and Australia, there is a concern over the safety of match officials and Australian players. The MCG is likely to be the alternative venue if the Adelaide Oval is unable to host the 1st Test match of the marquee Border Gavaskar Trophy. It is already slated to host the 2nd Test match of the summer, the traditional Boxing Day Test from December 26 to 30. If the need arises, it already has necessary protocols in place and both India, as well as Australia, can move from Sydney to Melbourne without much fuss. 

“We are still hopeful that cricket will go ahead. What we are doing in South Australia is putting all those people we think pose the biggest risk, those people that have come into contact with someone who is infectious, we have put them into quarantine as quickly as possible,” South Australian Premier Marshall added recently.

“CA has taken a pro-active approach and mobilised a number of people across the country over the past 24 hours to shore up our men’s domestic and international schedules. I would like to thank the players and staff for their understanding regarding the changes to their travel schedules and for their commitment to ensuring the summer of cricket is a huge success. I would also like to thank the various leadership groups across Australian cricket for coming together over the past 48 hours and taking quick, decisive action – made possible by thorough, cross-department contingency planning. CA will continue to monitor the situation in South Australia and the resulting border restrictions around the country. As ever, we will remain agile in addressing the challenges presented by the pandemic and remain more confident than ever of hosting a safe and successful summer across all formats.”  added Nick Hockley, the interim Cricket Australia CEO


India Tour of Australia schedule- 

Dettol ODI Series: 

1st ODI: November 26 at the SCG

2nd ODI: November 28 at the SCG

3rd ODI: November 30 at the Manuka Oval

Dettol T20I Series: 

1st T20I: December 04 at the SCG

2nd T20I: December 06 at the SCG

3rd T20I: December 08 at Manuka Oval

Pink Ball warm-up match 

Vodafone Test Series: 

1st Test (D/N): December 17 to 21 at the Adelaide Oval

2nd Test: December 26 to 30 at the MCG

3rd Test: January 7 to 11 at the SCG

4th Test: January 15 to 19 at the Gabba