After England and West Indies resumed the game last month, the International Cricket is finally getting on track slowly. With successful implementation of bio-bubble formula in England-WI, England-Ireland and England-Pakistan series, Australia team is all set to tour England next month – confirmed ECB CEO Tom Harrison on Friday.
“We owe a significant debt of gratitude to the players, staff, and administrators of Cricket Australia for their efforts in getting this tour underway. Their co-operation to ensure these matches are staged is crucial to cricket in this country. It will also provide much-needed financial aid at all levels of cricket in England and Wales as we work through the challenges in front of us,” said Harrison as quoted by PTI.
“I’m very proud of what our game has achieved, and that cricket is seen as the standard-bearers in developing bio-secure sporting events to the highest of standards.” The Cricket Australia interim Chief Executive Officer, Nick Hockley, added: “We would also like to thank the Australian Government for granting travel exemptions for the Australian men’s team, as well as all those who have worked tirelessly to put together a plan that allows for the tour to progress in a bio-secure way.” he added.
The two teams will play a limited-overs series of 3- T20I and 3- ODIs in the first and second week of September. The monumental series will kick-start from a T20I at the Ageas Bowl on September 04 with other two match being played on 06 and 08 September behind closed doors in the same stadium. The T20I will be followed by ODI rubbers on September 11, 13 and 16 at Old Trafford.
According to the news, the Australian team will reach the UK on August 24. The squad will first travel to Derbyshire – where the Australian team is also likely to play 3- intra-squad T20 games to with a practice ODI before the series – before leaving for the Ageas Bowl.
With the Australia – England series culminating on 16 September, the players will reach the UAE by 17 or 18 September to join their squads for IPL 2020. However before playing any kind of cricket, the Aussies and England players will be quarantined as per the SOP’s and won’t be allowed to enter the bio-bubble until they clear all the test.This process might take 7-10 days before any player being considered for the playing XI. And with IPL 2020 starting on September 18, the players will miss at least a week of action in all likelihood.
With a number of star players participating in the Australian -England series, some of the franchises like Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab will miss the services of these players for first 2-3 matches going into the tournament.