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Melbourne: Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has hoped that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will agree to play a day-night Test in Adelaide when the Virat Kohli-led side tours Down Under later this year.

 

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CA released its full summer international schedule on Monday but could not confirm it will continue its recent tradition of pink-ball Tests in the clash at the Adelaide Oval from December 6th.

 

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The BCCI has been opposed to the day-night Test innovation started by Australia in 2015, which Sutherland hoped will change after the Indian board had recently indicated of playing one of the two West Indies Tests under lights at home in October.

 

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Australian cricket team looking to play day-night Test with India in coming schedule:

 

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“It is our preference that we play India in a day/night Test match in Adelaide, but we are still working through this detail and hope to have an answer on this in the coming weeks,” Sutherland was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

 

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India will begin their Australia tour with a three-match T20 series from November 21 to 25, and then play four Tests in Adelaide (December 6-10), Perth (December 14-18), Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (January 3-7).

 

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The newly built Perth Stadium will make its debut as a Test venue when it hosts the second Test.

 

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The Tests against India will be followed by three One-day Internationals (ODI) from January 12 to 18.

 

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People are dying and you cannot have pomp and show: Shoaib Akhtar on IPL

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Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is in agreement with the BCCI’s decision to suspend IPL 2021 indefinitely, believing it’s not the right time to stage the tournament given what is happening in India in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The second wave of the infectious disease is turning out to be very severe, with number of cases and death registered on a upward climb.

A couple of week ago, Akhtar had pointed out why the IPL should not be held amid what India is going through and reiterated it after the tournament stands postponed following the decision on Tuesday.

“When I said a couple of weeks ago that the IPL should be stopped this year, there was emotions behind it. And it was that there is a national catastrophe that is taking place in India. People are dying. And I made the appeal because there were 4 lakh cases being reported a day. During such times, IPL cannot take place, the pomp and show cannot take place,” Akhtar said on his YouTube channel.

“I didn’t have a problem with people not making money. People have been making money since 2008. If they don’t make money for a year, what trouble will they get into? People are dying and you cannot have pomp and show. It’s a national disaster. So as a neighbour, I was requesting that the IPL should be stopped.”

Akhtar further pointed out that bio-secure bubbles are not the way forward, especially when it comes to hosting franchise cricket. Earlier, despite a bio-secure bubble, Covid found its way inside the Pakistan Super League, which had to be postponed. Similarly, despite strict measures, the virus penetrated its way through the IPL, resulting in players testing Covid positive and sending teams in isolation. Akhtar feels a bubble makes sense for international cricket, but is not a viable solution when it comes to tournaments like IPL or PSL.

“IPL was never viable. We made a bio-secure bubble in the PSL and it completely flopped. India tried and the same happened there. In UAE and England, we would have had it. Over here, even people working in hotels are not safe. They don’t remain in bio-secure bubble. International cricket can take place in a bubble, but not franchise cricket because the entire world comes. The IPL is not a small event,” Akhtar added.

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