CA to host Day/Night Test in Adelaide despite COVID-19 outbreak
17 Nov 2020: CA to host Day/Night Test in Adelaide despite COVID-19 outbreak
Cricket Australia (CA), on Tuesday, stated that it remains committed to host the Day/Night Test against India in Adelaide, despite a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases across South Australia.
Here is more on the same.
Fact: Here is what a release from CA stated
An official release from the CA stated that the situation is being monitored. "CA continues to monitor the situation in South Australia but remains committed to hosting the first Vodafone Test against India at the Adelaide Oval," it read.
Series: CA attempts to save the series against India
On Tuesday, the cricket board airlifted several players, including Test skipper Tim Paine and star batsman Marnus Labuschagne, from Adelaide to New South Wales, in an attempt to save the series against India amid concerns of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania closed their borders to South Australia on Monday.
Notably, rising cases in Adelaide promoted the states to do so.
Nick Hockley: CA interim CEO speaks on the issue
Amid the incumbent state, Cricket Australia's interim CEO, Nick Hockley, said the summer schedule would not be compromised by recently announced border restrictions.
"CA has taken a pro-active approach and mobilized a number of people across the country to shore up our men's domestic and international schedules. I would like to thank the players and staff for their understanding regarding the changes," he said.
Fact: The players have been instructed to undergo COVID-19 tests
Cricket Australia also confirmed that none of the players in Adelaide competing in the Marsh Sheffield Shield visited the "hot spots" identified by South Australian health authorities. The players have been instructed to undergo COVID-19 tests, while all results have turned out to be negative.
Schedule: A look at the full schedule
The tour will begin on November 27 with the ODI series, followed by matches on November 29 and December 2.
Meanwhile, the three T20Is will be held on December 4, 6, and 8.
The opening Test in Adelaide (Day/Night) will begin on December 17.
Besides, MCG (December 26-30), SCG (January 7-11), and Adelaide Oval (January 15-19) will host the next three Tests.