India tour of Australia 2020 schedule: Cricket Australia have made public the details of a mega summer season down under.
Cricket Australia have announced details of what looks like a mega summer season of cricket to be held later this year. With the novel COVID-19 pandemic affecting cricketing schedule in more ways than one, Cricket Australia confirming a nearly six-month long international calendar has come as a source of amazement for fans around the globe.
After the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia, India’s tour of Australia is unequivocally the biggest cricketing tournament this year. Having announced three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs starting from October 11, CA appears to have successfully managed the much-awaited contest between the contemporary rivals.
Apart from the T20 World Cup and India’s tour of Australia, Australia will also host Zimbabwe for a three-ODI series, West Indies for a three-T20I series and Afghanistan for a one-off Test and New Zealand for three ODIs and a T20I.
Speaking via a statement, CA chief executive Kevin Roberts admitted that the circumstances can be “beyond control” and the same might force them to tinker with the announced schedule. However, Roberts also ensured “doing everything” to execute a grand summer season successfully.
“While acknowledging the difficulty in navigating a global pandemic, we are nonetheless encouraged by the progress Australia is making in combating the coronavirus and the positive impact that is having on our ability to host an exciting summer of cricket in 2020-21.
“We know that circumstances or events beyond our control could mean that the final schedule potentially may look different to the one released today, but we’ll be doing everything we can to get as much international cricket in as possible this summer. We will communicate any changes to the schedule if or when they are required,” Roberts said in a statement.
India tour of Australia 2020 schedule and fixtures announced
Understanding the financial importance of the India tour, CA were pondering playing a five-match Test series against India later this year. Working hard towards their goal, it was less than a week ago that CA had almost confirmed about hosting India post the T20 World Cup.
BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) President Sourav Ganguly’s words against playing five Tests in Australia seem to have been followed by his counterparts as they have announced a four-Test series commencing from December 3.
It is worth mentioning that the announcement sees India playing three T20Is in preparation for the World Cup. Starting from October 11, India will play two more T20Is on October 14 and 17. While the scheduled has a fixed window for the World Cup (starting from October 18), the prospect of its cancellation should invite some changes to the fixtures. As has been the case in the recent times, the Test series will be followed by a three-match ODI series in January.
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India’s tour of Australia 2020-21:
11/10/2020 – 1st T20I, Australia v India at the Gabba, Brisbane
14/10/2020 – 2nd T20I, Australia v India at Manuka Oval, Canberra
17/10/2020 – 3rd T20I Australia v India at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
03/12/2020 – 07/12/2020 – 1st Test, Australia v India at the Gabba, Brisbane
11/12/2020 – 15/12/2020 – 2nd Test, Australia v India at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
26/12/2020 – 30/12/2020 – 3rd Test, Australia v India at the MCG, Melbourne
03/01/2021 – 07/01/2021 – 4th Test, Australia v India at the SCG, Sydney