Cricket Australia imagine they nonetheless have a number of time left to resolve whether or not they would shift the Boxing Day Test match between India and Australia from the Melbourne Cricket Ground amid the spike in COVID-19 instances within the state of Victoria.
Victoria is at present within the grip of a second wave of COVID-19 instances, placing Melbourne considerably behind the remainder of the nation in its restoration from the pandemic and placing into query its readiness to host main occasions.
“It comes down to if we can get a crowd at the MCG, we’ll play at the MCG,” Cricket Australia interim chief govt Nick Hockley instructed reporters on Saturday, experiences cricket.com.au.
“All the restrictions which can be ongoing, we’re simply hopeful that they take very fast impact and we get again on high of the state of affairs and other people can get out and about, we can get again to crowds and get again to reside occasions.
“We are full steam forward with the planning (for Boxing Day at the MCG) within the anticipation that we’ll be again to some degree of normalcy by that time limit.
“It’s one of the most iconic events on the Australian sporting calendar. Certainly at this stage we are planning full steam ahead,” he added.
The 4 Tests of the much-anticipated Border-Gavaskar Trophy are at present scheduled to be held at Gabba, Adelaide Oval, MCG and the SCG respectively beginning December 3.
Hockley additional stated that they’re in “constructive” discussions with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the federal government to verify CA will get all of the journey exemptions for the Indian cricket group to come back.
The CA interim chief govt nonetheless added that the board is creating different choices as effectively.
“We are having to remain agile, certainly we’re looking at contingency planning across the entire summer,” he stated. “Not essentially particular to sure matches, however our complete occasions.
“As issues change we’re doing the whole lot we can and we have now all of the back-up preparations to verify we get cricket performed,” he added.
Earlier, Cricket Australia had stated that the present schedule is topic to vary and there are many choices being thought-about, together with the usage of hubs for the Tests towards India and the Big Bash.
Last month, it had stated it’s working in direction of making ready Adelaide Oval in such a approach that Australia and India cricketers get the very best coaching services throughout the quarantine interval earlier than the Test sequence scheduled to be performed later this 12 months.