The unexpected break that had started with the wake of Corona virus has come to an end for many sectors in the world provided we all take necessary precautions but it is not the case for each field. International cricket has suffered the loss of paused game and doesn’t seem to be recovering very soon. IPL did take place under extreme preventive measures but many cricket tournaments have been continuously postponed.
WOMEN’S TEAM’S TOUR TO AUSTRALIA
One such tournament is India’s tour to Australia which our women’s team was going to take in January but the dates have been continuously shifted and finally when Cricket Australia decided to clear the air around the tournament, it is not to give a happy news to cricket fans. The tournament has been postponed again for the months of March-April. It is not going to be an independent cricket tournament now but will be a part of the build-up to the 2022 World Cup. This tournament will include three T20I matches. These matches were scheduled to take place on January 22, January 25 and January 28 in Canberra, Melbourne and Hobart respectively.
Cricket Australia posted from their official Twitter handle, “The three match Commonwealth Bank ODI series between Australian and Indian women’s team originally scheduled for January 2021 will be postponed until next season,”. The board also announced that the tournament would not be restricted only to ODIs but would be complemented with three T20I matches. Cricket Australia wrote, “plans to expand the tour to include an additional three Twenty20 Internationals.”
Though the plan of complementary T20 matches is not a promise yet but hope. It is also a way of compensating for the series that would have taken place during the summer but the world was hit by the pandemic. Cricket Australia interim Chief Executive, Nick Hockley said, “We are very hopeful of delivering an expanded schedule between the Australian and Indian women’s teams for the next season, which would be an outstanding result for fans in both countries”.
Hockley also appreciated Indian team for their wonderful performance in the T20 World Cup final. He said that, “it will be wonderful to once again host the Indian women’s team, who were centre stage for that unforgettable ICC T20 World Cup Final at the MCG in March and to do so that too with an expanded schedule from what was originally planned”. Hockley’s plan shows that it is not only Indian cricket team which is waiting for their first tournament after that Covid-19 induced break. The host is equally excited to have the talented team on their grounds so that the fans can experience that nerve-wrecking adventure again.
The dates and venue for this series have not been decided yet but these details would soon be out and then fans would have only one thing to do and that is to wait for the already much-awaited series between Australia and India.