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India close to ratifying tour and Adelaide Test


India’s cricket powerbrokers are expected to soon ratify biosecurity details for their tour of Australia after naming Test and short-format squads.

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Once approved by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the schedule for the Australian summer of cricket will be released.

Cricket Australia (CA) is waiting on BCCI approval for the finer points of the tour to feature three one-dayers, three Twenty20 games and four Tests.

Adelaide will host the Test series opener with a day-night encounter slated to start on December 17.

The traditional Boxing Day Test at the MCG is certain with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews anticipating crowds being allowed to attend.

“I am very confident we’ll get a crowd at the ‘G for the Boxing Day Test,” Andrews said on Monday.

“I don’t know how big it will be but there will be a crowd there.

“That is the advice I have and that is what we’re working towards.”

Sydney’s Test is likely to start on January 7, with the fourth Test in Brisbane commencing January 15.

India’s squads and Australian players currently in the United Arab Emirates for the Indian Premier League will arrive in Sydney in mid-November and spend 14 days in quarantine.

The NSW government has given the green light for those cricketers to train while quarantining.

The nations will contest three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 games ahead of the Test series.

The short-format games will be played in Sydney and Canberra, likely from November 27 to December 8.

India named its Test and short-format squads for the tour, with stalwarts Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma excluded because of injury concerns.

Opening bat Rohit Sharma has missed the past two IPL games because of a hamstring strain while Ishant will be sidelined for the remainder of the IPL after suffering an abdominal muscle tear.

The IPL concludes with its final on November 11, with Indian and Australian players expected to depart for Australia the following day on the same charter flight.

Meanwhile, just how much the Seven Network pays to broadcast the Australian cricket summer is yet to be settled.

Seven has baulked at paying its full $450 million a year to Cricket Australia, arguing a lack of international players able to play in the Big Bash League because of COVID-19 restrictions dilutes that competition.

Seven and Cricket Australia couldn’t agree on just who would make a ruling on the value.

The network and CA have gone to the Australian Chamber for International and Commercial Arbitration to determine an independent umpire to decide the broadcast rights value.

The chamber was soon expected to confirm a independent expert to oversee the arbitration process.


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