India tour of Australia : Cricket Australia (CA) has succesfully completed the mass airlifting of Australia, Australia A players into New South Wales. Australian test captain Tim Paine, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head and Cameron Green all have been flown into New South Wales as South Australia is going through Covid-19 outbreak in the state.
As Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania closed their borders to South Australia on Monday, the country’s cricket board on Tuesday got down to figure a way to get Australian white-ball, Test match and Australia A squads into Sydney to ensure the upcoming fixtures of the 300 million dollars season remain unaffected.
These moves, including a charter flight specifically to transport all players and staff from the Adelaide Strikers to a training camp in Coffs Harbour, will allow the Australia players to prepare freely for the forthcoming white-ball series against India, plus Australia A players preparing for warm-up games against Virat Kohli’s touring side.
CA maintains that Adelaide Oval will host the first Test of the summer against India from December 17 onwards.
While the number of new cases in SA dipped promisingly to five on Tuesday after 14 on Monday that were traced to an outbreak in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, CA and the BBL clubs moved rapidly to ensure all players left the affected state and also Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania after all three state governments imposed quarantine restrictions on SA.
CA, on its part, stated that all possible measures would be explored to ensure that the series goes ahead.
“Our bio-security and operational teams are closely monitoring the situation and working to put in place the necessary plans to ensure players, coaches and staff are available for upcoming fixtures,” the CA said in a statement.
According to the Australian media, CA is continuously “assessing” the fast evolving situation.
“CA has always maintained that it would need to be agile as border conditions change and we thank the players, coaches and staff involved for their flexibility and all parties for their support.
“We will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves and look forward to hosting a safe and successful summer across all formats.”
A fresh coronavirus outbreak in Adelaide on Monday forced Australian players, including captain Tim Paine, into self-isolation but the country’s cricket board asserted that the first Test against India there from December 17 would go ahead as scheduled.
A cluster of COVID-19 cases in Adelaide prompted other states like Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory to close their borders with South Australia and impose a 14-day hotel quarantine on all visitors from Adelaide from Monday noon.