Even if the current situation lays out no exact date of international cricket resumption, Cricket Australia has done everything within its capability to keep the fans optimistic. To say the least, Kevin Roberts, the CEO of Cricket Australia, claimed that he would be surprised if they can’t host India for a Test series later on this year and tour England before that.
The last of international cricket the world had watched was when Australia hosted New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground in March in an ODI since all tournaments and bilateral series either postponed to a particular date or canceled indefinitely.
When asked Kevin Roberts about how specific he has to do with Australia hosting Virat Kohli’s men, he rated the chances at 9 on a scale of 1-10. The boss would be surprised if the prominent series ends up in cancellation; however, Roberts didn’t guarantee the presence of crowds from the start.
“I guess there’s no such thing as certainty in today’s world, so I can’t say 10 (out of 10), but I’m going to say nine out of 10. “I’d be really surprised if we can’t get the Indian tour away. But I wouldn’t, hand on heart, suggest we’ll have full crowds from the start. We’ll just have to wait and see how that goes.” Roberts said.
Australia’s white-ball rubber in England also remained postponed due to highly uncertain conditions about the calendar. However, with the England and Wales Cricket Board putting their hands up, wishing to resume cricket in July, Cricket Australia has also gotten hope. Roberts revealed that he had spoken with their counterpart on Wednesday, and there was some chance that the tour could take place.
Kevin Roberts went on to say that the visits of West Indies and Pakistan could provide a better picture so that they can avoid endangering the health and safety of their players. He stated that all of it relies on how the situation continues to improve on which they have little clarity as of now and that the decision rests with the ICC.
“Obviously, we won’t jeopardize the safety of the players, but the best test of that is that the West Indian and Pakistan tours… go off without a hitch.”
“We don’t have clarity on that one yet. But as the situation continues to improve, you never know what might be possible. It’s ultimately a decision for the ICC.” he added further.