• Rajat Raghuram

Cricket is back! India and Australia agree on a Test Series

Cricket fans have something to cheer for after months of disappointment. After several domestic leagues and international series were called off or postponed it almost seemed as if cricket pitches would remain empty for most of this year. A bright light shone through when Cricket Australia and the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) agreed to have a four test tour sometime in December provided that the Indian government eases travel restrictions. The agreement carries some covenants regarding providing an optimal bio-secure environment at the four different venues that the games are to be played. The series is projected to start in Brisbane on December 3rd followed by Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Apart from the games falling on Boxing Day and New Year’s the Adelaide game will be India’s first day-night test in Australia.

This series appears to be a promising economic prospect for both cricket boards and will also be great for the fans to watch. October to December seems to be a promising time for everyone in the industry, with the Australian board also gearing up to schedule the ICC T20 World Cup prior to this series. With Australia also experiences a gradual decrease of Covid-19 cases there is also a consideration for allowing fans inside the stadium which would make this event the first in the sporting world to attempt doing so. The turning of the tide seems to indicate that live sports will be back very soon!