As COVID-19 pandemic has been wreaking havoc around the world, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal feels its too early to talk about the resumption of cricket. But at the same time, He went on to express that India’s tour of Australia later this year is likely to go ahead as per the schedule downplaying the logistical issues likely to arise because of the deadly virus. To ensure that the high-profile tour, starting in October, he said quarantining of Indian players upon their arrival is a possibility before every overseas assignment.
AS per the quotes in PTI, Dhumal said, “You can’t be sure of the situation prevailing at that point of time. As of now, the Australia tour is on because nobody has called off that tour and the same for T20 World Cup. The need for quarantine ahead of Australia tour only arises if the preceding T20 World Cup doesn’t take place. If the World Cup happens, then players would have already completed their quarantine.”
India is scheduled to play four-match Test series Down Under with Cricket Australia considering an additional one. Dhumal said the five-Test series idea was discussed before the lockdown but CA could now change its mind considering the severe financial impact COVID-19 has had on the board.
On Cricket Australia’s idea of an additional Test, Dhumal said: “As far as the fifth Test goes, that discussion happened before the lockdown. When cricket resumes, (we will see) whether any country would like to host an additional Test or have two T20s instead, which is likely to generate more revenues. There is a possibility that request comes from Cricket Australia only.”
Dhumal also elaborated that if the IPL doesn’t take place, the board will suffer a huge loss of around a hit of ₹4000 crores.
BCCI treasurer explained, “If IPL doesn’t take place the revenue loss will be Rs 4000 crore. In case, we lose the home season also, that will also be a substantial amount. BCCI is also facing huge losses. If IPL doesn’t happen then we will be in a very big problem.”