Amidst the surge in COVID-19 cases in Australia, the much-awaited Day-Night Test between Australia women and India women has been shifted from the WACA in Perth to Carrara Stadium in Queensland. Also, the ODIs, that were supposed to be played in Melbourne have been relocated to Queensland. The COVID-19 situation has forced several Australian cities into lockdown and if the situation doesn’t improve, there is a possibility of the series being postponed indefinitely.
“Australia is currently badly affected by Covid-19. The number of cases are constantly going up, which means no matches can be organized in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. All these cities are repeatedly going into lockdowns. This has forced Cricket Australia (CA) to move the ODI and T20I series out of Sydney to Mackay, and the pink ball Test from Perth to Gold Coast, which will also host the three T20Is now,” stated a source according to the Times of India.
As of now, India are set to fly to Dubai on August 29 in a chartered flight before boarding another flight to Brisbane. The team will undergo two weeks of stern quarantine before being allowed to start their preparations.
“However, this is also a tentative schedule, which CA has communicated to the BCCI. As per the altered schedule, the Indian team will fly tomorrow (Sunday) evening from Bangalore to Dubai in a chartered flight. From Dubai, the team will fly to Brisbane, where they will quarantine for two weeks before going to Mackay.
Everything is uncertain due to the concerning Covid situation in Australia. Let’s hope that the Covid situation doesn’t get worse in Australia, otherwise, the tour itself may have to be called off even after the team reaches Australia,” concluded the source.