AUS vs IND: Indian Cricket Team is scheduled to travel to Australia after the end of the Indian Premier League. The tour of Australia will be the first International series for Team India post the COVID-19 break. Earlier, Cricket Australia (CA) released the dates for the much-awaited India’s Tour Of Australia. The T20I series was scheduled to commence in October.
However, after the postponement of ICC World T20, CA had to reschedule the dates for the series. Both the boards have discussed some new dates for the series. BCCI has requested Cricket Australia, not to hold the traditional New Yea’s Test in Sydney on January 3. So, in all expectancies, the New Year’s Test may commence on January 7. However, this has not pleased Allan Border at all.
According to Border, the Boxing Day Test and the New Year’s Test is non-negotiable for Australia. They have been hosting both the tests on the same date from years now. He stated that these two Test matches are a treat for the fans as they enjoy it during the Christmas and New Year vacation. He added that India is playing mind games ahead of the start of the series. (AUS vs IND)
“I don’t think it should be a negotiated scenario. If it’s necessary because of what is happening globally with the virus then fair enough, but if it’s just because they want a bit of a spell between Boxing Day and the New Year’s Test match, then that’s rubbish. We’ve been doing this for how many years now – back-to-back Test matches?
“It works a treat through that Christmas-New Year period and I wouldn’t be comfortable with it moving just because India want a couple more days off. I think they’re just playing mind games,” Allan Border said while speaking to Fox Sports. (AUS vs IND)
AUS vs IND: Allan Border urges Cricket Australia to not accept BCCI’s request.
Border also urged Cricket Australia to not accept BCCI’s request for changing the dates. He also questioned whether BCCI would have changed their dates if CA would have requested them. Cricket Australia requested BCCI to postpone the Tour Of India for three ODIs earlier this year, as it was in the middle of their own home season. However, BCCI did not accept their request citing reasons that the dates were already finalised.
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“They consider themselves the strength of world cricket, and financially that is the case so they do have a fair say in things. But if the roles were reversed, we wouldn’t have much say in the itinerary, it would just be put in front of us and these are the dates that we’re going to play.
“You can negotiate as much as you like but these are traditional dates that everyone knows have been in the calendar forever, so to start negotiating now… it’s a tough one. I wouldn’t be bowing down to it – we’ve got traditional dates, let’s stick with them,” the 65-year-old further added. (AUS vs IND)