Date set for India's cricket tour of Australia!

Date set for India's cricket tour of Australia!

Date set for India's cricket tour of Australia!

Media reports in India had said that the ICC members had come to an understanding that this year's event would be pushed back to 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts has defended the governing body's decision to snub Perth for the opening test of Australia's series against India arguing Western Australia has seen it's fair share of test cricket in recent years.

The Test series against India is reportedly worth AUD 300 million and even after that, Roberts said, CA would be short of AUD 80 million (in terms of projected revenue), including the revenue loss in case of the T20 World Cup postponement.

According to WACA cricket chiefs, they were promised a guaranteed top-line Test every year once Perth Stadium replaced the WACA Ground as the state's prime worldwide venue.

Roberts says CA will also suffer a further $50m blow from the likelihood of not having crowds attend global games in Australia this summer.

While Australia has been experiencing an overall improvement, there have been stringent measures in place over global travel generally. "We have been hopeful all along that it could be staged in October-November but you would have to say there's a very high risk about the prospect of that happening", Roberts told reporters on Friday.

The schedule has India playing at four venues - the Gabba, Adelaide Oval, the SCG and MCG - but that could yet change.

The India women's team will also travel to Australia for an ODI series with matches scheduled in Canberra (January 22), St Kilda (January 25) and Hobart (January 17).

"It may be that circumstances dictate that when the time comes maybe we can only use one or two venues, we really don't know any of that yet". So we've been a little bit bemused and disappointed how we haven't been scheduled for one of the prime series in the cricket calendar.

However, Roberts said further cuts were necessary to maintain investment in community cricket as much as possible.

"We obviously hope that our members will continue to support us but we have to factor in that it could be a $3 or $4 million hit to us on membership alone", Matthews said.

Roberts said CA hierarchy were now working through cost cuts to the governing body. It is a relief for us and our cricket fans that we have confirmation.

"Unfortunately that means that no area of the organisation will be untouched".

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