The Australian head coach, Justin Langer reckons that the Australian players will have to tour England in September and they can be expected to release to join the Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the head coach believes that the Australian cricket needs to get going, even if it meant enduring quarantine, biosecurity restrictions, and time away from family.
During a chat with News Corp, Langer said, “My personal view is we have to go. For so many reasons. I think we have to go to England. There are lots of challenges of course but we have to find solutions to make sure that can happen if possible. That’s my view. I think for the health of world cricket. As much as we’d like India to come over here, I think we need to reciprocate that with England if we can.”
Australia is scheduled to play a limited-overs in England and it has now been postponed till September as an alternative. Cricket Australia (CA) has already let go of 15 percent of its staff during the pandemic and they are now desperate to host a money-spinning Test series against India later this year.
Langer reckons that Australia releasing Australia’s big names to join the IPL which has been postponed until further notice by the BCCI was also essential as a goodwill gesture, to make sure India will tour to Australia for a Test series.
Explaining the same, Langer said, “I think we have to. Talking frankly. I hear a different story about the IPL’s plans every few days. It varies. So until there’s some clarity and we can work out how it affects the domestic season, how it affects our players, how it works with quarantine… there’s a lot of considerations here.”
Despite the months of a halt due to the coronavirus, international cricket resumed on Wednesday with England’s home Test against the West Indies.