New Delhi, July 12
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly wished to have a shorter than required quarantine period for the Indian team when it travels to Australia for a Test series this year. He doesn’t want the players to go that far and stay in their hotel rooms for two entire weeks”.
The Series between India, and Australia
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the rules of cricket that restarted with the ongoing Test series between the West Indies, and England. Mostly, whenever the players go to some abroad country, they have to be in quarantine for two weeks and get tests for Covid-19 virus before they can take the field in empty stadiums for now. But Ganguly hopes that the Indian team will get some relaxation during its tour to Australia. The team is going to play four Tests, including a day-nighter, later in the year. Ganguly disclosed the news to the media on India Today show ‘The Inspiration’. He added that they have confirmed that tour. The tour is expected to end in December. He expects the number of quarantine days to get reduced a bit.
Covid-19 Pandemic Situation in New Zealand, and Australia
He stated`Staying in the rooms for two weeks is very depressing, and we are going to discuss the matter, the quarantine thing”. Ganguly added, as I said New Zealand and Australia have been in good positions except Melbourne. So from that approach we are going there and hopefully the quarantine days will be less so we might get back to cricket as soon as possible.” According to Australia Health Officials, there are over 9,000 confirmed cases and more than 7500 of them have recovered within the last month. The death toll stands at 107. There are not any tough circumstances like we are facing here in India. That’s why we can expect this favor from Australian Cricket Board. Ganguly did say that the Australia series could be career-defining for the skipper Virat Kohli.
Ganguly’s Recommendations for His Squad
Ganguly added, “My presidentship tenure, I don’t know if I would be able to survive by this December or not. But his captaincy tenure will be a measure for me. The series could be a milestone for many players. Ganguly told that “I have been in contact with Virat, and told him that he is recommended to stay fit, for you haven’t played cricket for over six months. Moreover, you should make sure that all of your best bowlers are ready for the tour and stay fit. Whether it’s (Jasprit) Bumrah, whether it’s Pandya, whether it’s Ishant, or whether it’s (Mohammed) Shami, they will have to be at the top of their match fitness when they land there in Australia,” The former India captain also discussed the many challenges that he has faced in ensuring that the Board continues to work properly amid the Covid-19 pandemic.