Cricket Australia’s Chief executive Nick Hockley has said that the Indian players & staff will have to face two weeks of quarantine before the four match Test series which will take place in Australia.
Cricket Australia’s Chief Executive Nick Hockley has said that the Indian players & staff will face two weeks of quarantine before the four match Test Series. This scenario will bring the Adelaide Oval & its newly constructed hotel into the view as the sort of bio-secure bubble, said media.
India & Australia are scheduled to face each other in a four match Test series which is set to begin from December 4 at Brisbane.
“The two-week quarantine is pretty well-defined. What we are working on is making sure that even within that quarantine environment, the players have got the absolute best training facilities, so that their preparation for the matches is as optimal as it can possibly be,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Hockey as saying.
“Certainly the fact that the Adelaide Oval has a hotel. It does provide a facility not dissimilar to Old Trafford or Ageas Bowl where the hotels are integrated into the venue,” he added. Hockley also said that an existing standard of biosecurity & testing would be applied before the series against India as the coronavirus cases are spiking in the subcontinent.
“It’s widely known and it’s unlikely that international travel restrictions would have lifted by the time that Indian players will be due to come into the country. Clearly there will be testing regimes. We will be able to test people before that they get on to the plane and it is the nature of the situation of making sure we have the quarantine arrangements in line with government and health authority protocols,” Hockley said.
“The key thing for the players is that there’s regular testing and that we appropriately quarantine them when they come in and all of those plans are currently in development,” he added.
The ICC on Monday has announced the postponement of the T20 World Cup 2020 which is scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic. After the ICC T20 World Cup postponement announcement the BCCI is likely to go ahead with the IPL in the October-November window. However the place where the T20 tournament will be played is yet to be decided as the cases continue to rise in India.
“I think the BCCI has made no secrets that they are considering what that means for the IPL. For us, it’s about getting a bit of an understanding and certainty around what that means. Clearly, in a normal course, some of our best players are obviously top picks for those IPL teams,” Hockley said.
“It’s a bit premature to speculate on that. We need to understand what the plans are if any and once we understand that we will make decisions accordingly,” he added.