The Australian authorities’s resolution to seal its border for the subsequent six months owing to the COVID-19 pandemic might adversely have an effect on India’s Futures Excursions Programme (FTP), together with the much-awaited face-offs Down Below later this 12 months.
India’s tour of Australia is to start with a T20 tri-series in October and finish with the Assessments in December.
In between is the World T20, scheduled for an October 18 begin, however the mega-event’s future can also be shrouded in uncertainty as a result of world well being disaster.
In Australia, there was over 2000 constructive instances together with 16 reported deaths, prompting the federal government to seal the nation’s borders.
The Sourav Ganguly-led BCCI, in all chance, may need to discover alternate plans amid the pandemic that has up to now claimed over 30000 lives internationally.
Whereas the BCCI is but to take a ultimate resolution on this version of IPL, the worldwide calender can be one other reason for concern as there are excursions of Sri Lanka (ODIs and T20s), Zimbabwe, Asia Cup (T20) and residential a white ball sequence towards England lined up.
A six-month journey ban means no groups can be allowed to enter Australia for the assignments lined up within the coming occasions, which incorporates the World T20 and the tour by the Indian crew.
“Proper now it is too early to say something. It is a potential six-month journey ban. If the scenario is beneath management, it might be lifted early additionally,” a senior BCCI office-bearer, aware of the developments, advised PTI on the situation of anonymity.
However those that have an thought of the FTP calender admitted that the sensible drawback in such a scenario might be the T20 tri-series, which begins to start with of October and entails Australia and England.
“If worldwide journey ban in actuality exists for six months, then it turns into a logistical nightmare. At the very least, for the T20 tri-series earlier than the World T20.
“The processing of visa, tickets the whole lot turns into a logistical problem. Additionally not solely Australia, England is meant to tour India in September for his or her white ball leg. Will issues be regular within the UK and gamers allowed to journey. These are huge questions,” one other BCCI supply stated.
If the World T20 is pushed again, then the four-Check sequence between India and Australia, which is a part of the World Championship, might additionally get affected.
“The irritating facet is which you could’t even resolve something because the scenario varies from nation to nation. Nonetheless helpless it’d sound, we will solely wait and watch,” the supply stated.
The PTI has sought a remark from Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts and the story can be up to date as and when a response is obtained.