The Indian cricket team is reportedly prepared to go under Quarantine later this year to save the four-Test match series down under. The side is scheduled for a tour to Australia in November–December, but there have been significant doubts over the same due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
BCCI official Arun Dhumal is currently serving as treasurer to the board, has said in a statement that the test team is likely to go into a two-week quarantine ahead of the test series.
“There is no choice — everyone will have to do that (quarantine). You would want to resume the cricket,” Dhumal told Sydney Morning Herald.
“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.
Arun also said that it is too early to consider the proposition by Australia to extend the series to five tests. He added that limited over games will generate more revenues than test cricket.
“They will want to have revenue and revenue most likely will come from ODIs or T20s much more than a Test match,” he said.
Talking about the T20 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in Australia in October, Dhumal said that it is highly unlikely that the tournament would go ahead as per the schedule. He insisted that a premier global tournament requires proper training, and the cricketers have been devoid of any action over the past two months due to the pandemic.
“They will have been out of cricket for a long time. Would you want to be without training for that long and straight away go and play [the] World Cup?” he asked.
“That is a call every board has to take. It seems to be difficult.”