Cricket Australia planning to move Boxing Day Test against India to Adelaide amid COVID-19 fears
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Aug 06, 2020, 08:41 pm
Cricket Australia (CA) is considering moving the traditional Boxing Day Test match against India from Melbourne to Adelaide in view of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the state of Victoria. The Sydney Morning Herald in its report stated that Adelaide is being considered as a frontrunner for venue replacement to host the December 26-30 fixture.
An urgent meeting of the national cricket cabinet was called by Cricket Australia Chairman Earl Eddings, which will be held next week, in order to discuss organizing the series in a smooth manner and avoid losing a staggering 300 million Australian dollars. Speaking to the nation's leading daily, a senior cricket official pointed out that the situation in Victoria is not looking good at present and added that the current schedule cannot proceed as planned initially with the state border restrictions in place amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Victoria has so far recorded over 13,000 positive COVID-19 cases besides 170 deaths linked to the disease, with New South Wales coming in at a distant second place with close to 4,000 positive cases. As far as the other Australian states are concerned, South Australia, whose capital is Adelaide, has reported 457 confirmed cases to date, among which 445 have made a recovery. It is to be noted that CA had earlier said that the current schedule is subject to change.
India's visit Down Under later this year was confirmed by Cricket Australia in May for four Tests and ODIs. The Test series will begin on December 3 at Brisbane with Virat Kohli leading the Indian Cricket Team, and are then scheduled to play a day/night Test from December 11 to 15 in Adelaide. The third Test has been scheduled in Melbourne from December 26-30, while the fourth Test will be played at Sydney from January 3 to 7. The series is detrimental for Cricket Australia's financial health after it stood down staff in order to manage the cost of operations in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.