The pink ball test between India and Australia would be held earlier Sydney and it has now been moved to Queensland due to the deteriorating Covid-19 situation. The Mackay ground in the Gold Coast of Queensland now hosts the three one-day matches, while the one-off pink ball test takes place at the Carrara Stadium in Queensland.
Melbourne, Perth and Sydney are the three main centers of Australia and it has been the worst affected due to the Covid-19. It has long been one of the most anticipated series, and India are desperate to deliver better performances after the tour in England in July.
Cricket Australia unveils revised venues for matches
Cricket Australia has revealed that the situation in Australia is currently unhealthy and that the three venues could possibly lock up Perth, Sydney and Melbourne at all times. They added that the three matches in the one-day matches will be held on 19, 22 and 24 September at the Mackay in Queensland, and that this will be followed by the pink ball test on 30 September.
‘Australia is currently being hit hard by Covid-19. The number of cases is constantly increasing, which means that no matches can be arranged in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. All these cities end up repeatedly.
“This forced Cricket Australia (CA) to move the ODI and T20I series from Sydney to Mackay, and the pink ball test from Perth to the Gold Coast, which will also house the three T20Is,” Cricket Australia said as quoted by TOI.
Cricket Australia reckons the schedule is still tentative
Cricket Australia has mentioned that according to the schedule, the women’s team from India will leave Bangalore for Dubai on August 29 and from there to Brisbane. India are also undergoing a two-week quarantine in Brisbane before preparations for the one-day series in Queensland begin.
‘However, it is also a preliminary schedule that CA has communicated to the BCCI. According to the amended schedule, the Indian team will fly from Bangalore to Dubai tomorrow (Sunday evening) in a chartered flight. “From Dubai, the team will fly to Brisbane, where they will be quarantined for two weeks before going to Mackay.” added the source.
If the situation in Australia gets worse, the tour is likely to be canceled at this time.