Due to the ongoing COVID – 19 pandemic, all the activities that would result in huge public gatherings got canceled out in public health interest. As a result of this, the economy of the institutions and boards have seen a decreasing curve in their graph. With no ray of hope of seeing the end of this pandemic in the near future, organizations have decided to live alongside COVID. Waiting for the complete elimination of COVID – 19 is not seeming to be the viable option for the organizations. So they have started taking steps to resume their actions, alongside following the rules imposed by the governments.
While the talks are going on between the governments on the protocols that are to be followed, travel exemptions must be given as the players need to travel abroad. BCCI is trying very hard to make the Australia tour happen as they have announced that their players are ready for the 2-week quarantine if it is a necessary step in order to make the tour happen. “There is no choice – everyone will have to do that. You would want to resume the cricket,” Arun Singh Dhumal, the BCCI treasurer, told the Sydney Morning Herald. Even a few Indian players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli have expressed their interest in working towards resuming the action. Initially, the tour was designed to host 4 test matches and 3 ODIs during Dec-Jan 2020-21. If this tour gets canceled, Cricket Australia will incur a loss of nearly $300 million.
There were suggestions, before the lockdown, to conduct a 5-match test series between the two nations. But now, this might not be a viable option as all the boards would be keen to make up for the lost revenue, and hosting a test match might not yield them the result that they would like. It is an open fact that ODIs and T20Is generate much more revenue than the red-ball cricket does. It would be interesting to watch the future of the Test-matches as they would be given the least preference in the near future in order to increase their revenue and cover up the loss.
While professional cricket is set to resume by May end in Australia, for the first taste of International Cricket after the pandemic, fans have to wait a little more time as there is no official announcement from any board about taking the ground. As England is planning to host six tests against Windies and Pakistan, it might give the audience a clear picture of how the protocols would work to ensure the safety of the players against the Covid-19 pandemic.
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