The Indian women’s cricket team’s tour of Australia is going to start next month, but before the start of the tour, some important changes have been made in the schedule of the series. Actually, earlier the Indian women’s cricket team was to play its first match on the Australia tour on 19 September, but now it will be played from 21 September with a delay of two days. Also, all the matches of the series will now be played in Queensland itself.
Matches will be played on these grounds
The tour was, to begin with, an ODI series and the first match of the series was to be played in North Sydney, but will now be played in Mackay. At the same time, the second and third ODI will also be played in North Sydney instead of Melbourne.
The only pink ball Test between the two teams was to be played from 30 September to 3 October. There has been no change in the date of this match, but now the match will be played at the Metricon Stadium in Karra, instead of the WACA Cricket Ground in Perth. All three T20 matches will also be played on the same ground.
Changes due to Covid-19
According to ESPNcricinfo, this decision has been taken due to the restrictions of Covid-19 in Australia. However, Cricket Australia has not made any official announcement in this regard.
The quarantine will remain for 14 days
The Indian team will fly to Australia on 29 August and reach Brisbane via Dubai. After which the team will have to follow the quarantine rules for 14 days. The team’s quarantine will end on September 13. On 18 September the team will take to the ground in Brisbane to play a practice match.
Permission yet to be obtained from the Queensland Government
According to reports, final permission is yet to be taken from the Queensland state government. Australian players who are not from Queensland are expected to arrive by next week. At the same time, players and support staff members coming from Melbourne and Sydney will have to stay in Quarantine.