Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts spoke with News Corp and shed some positive light on the most awaited India’s tour to Australia. The Virat Kohli-led Indian team is scheduled to play 4 tests in Australia during the December- January period.
Cricket Australia (CA) is currently under a lot of financial stress right now. They have laid off 80 percent of its staff is under huge financial pressure due to global lockdown. They are desperate to go host India and earn 300 million Australian dollars from broadcasting right for their stability.
“I guess there’s no such thing as certainty in today’s world so I can’t say 10 (out of 10), but I’m going to say nine out of 10. With the variable being, who would know whether we can have crowds … I’d be really surprised if we can’t get the Indian tour away. But I wouldn’t, hand on heart suggest we’ll have full crowds from the start. We’ll just have to see how that goes,” Roberts said.
Roberts also mentions how the CA will wait and see how Pakistan and the West Indies tours of England go ahead in terms of safety measures.
“I think there’s some chance we could send a team over. Obviously we won’t jeopardize the safety of the players. But the best test of that is that the West Indian and Pakistan tours of England before we’re due to tour. We hope they go off without a hitch,” he added.
With India’s tour being a promising lucrative opportunity worth all efforts, Australia is unlikely to host Afghanistan for a one-off Test. Australia was also slated to host the ICC men’s T20 World Cup in October. However, The chances of ICC’s tournament look dim which could see it shifted to 2021.