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Indian team likely to commence Aus tour in Sydney

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October 21, 2020 18:15 IST
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The Indian and many of the Australian players will be landing in Australia from the United Arab Emirates, where the Indian Premier League (IPL) concludes on November 10, but CA have not yet had their plans agreed by Queensland's health department.

IMAGE: The Indian and many of the Australian players will be landing in Australia from the United Arab Emirates, where the Indian Premier League (IPL) concludes on November 10, but CA have not yet had their plans agreed by Queensland's health department. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Sydney and Canberra are emerging as potential venues to host India's limited-over series against Australia during the upcoming tour starting next month.

The Indian team was initially supposed to land in Brisbane but apparently Queensland state health authorities won't allow the visitors to train during the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

 

The Indian and many of the Australian players will be coming from the United Arab Emirates, where the Indian Premier League (IPL) concludes on November 10, but CA have not yet had their plans agreed by Queensland's health department.

CA had told Reuters that they held a "productive" meeting with Queensland Health on Monday and were confident of hosting "a full schedule of matches" against India.

Now, according to a report in ESPNCricinfo, Sydney could emerge as Indian contingent's port of entry and the city may allow them to train during their quarantine.

It is learnt that the SCG could be hosting four of the six white ball games (three T20 Internationals and three ODIs) while Canberra's Manuka Oval will be the venue for two games.

New South Wales state's Sports Minister Stuart Ayres confirmed that they have received a request from Cricket Australia to allow the Indian as well as the Australian team to undergo its mandatory quarantine as well as training.

"Cricket Australia has approached the New South Wales government about quarantining the Indian cricket team and returning Australian cricketers in Sydney," Ayres was quoted as saying by the cricket website.

"That proposal is currently being assessed by NSW authorities including health and police. Fixtures for the Indian tour will be determined by Cricket Australia and won't impact our assessment of the quarantine proposal."

If CA and the NSW state government are able to reach an agreement, a revised plan would then be submitted by Cricket Australia to the BCCI for approval.

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