There is a nine out of 10 chance that India will make the trip Down Under for a four-Test series later this year, Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts has said.
CA is currently under financial stress and is keen to have the India series, scheduled between October 2020 and January 2021.
“I guess there’s no such thing as certainty in today’s world so I can’t say 10 (out of 10), but I’m going to say nine out of 10,” Roberts told News Corp.
“With the variable being, who would know whether we can have crowds. I’d be really surprised if we can’t get the Indian tour away. But I wouldn’t, hand on heart, suggest we’ll have full crowds from the start. We’ll just have to see how that goes,” Roberts said.
However, when it comes to away tours, Roberts wants a bio-secure environment which might prompt Cricket Australia to explore options of sending a team for a white ball series in England.
But before that, the CA would wait and watch how the Pakistan and the West Indies tours of England pan out in terms of health safety measures.
“I think there’s some chance we could send a team over,” Roberts said. “Obviously, we won’t jeopardise the safety of the players, but the best test of that is that the West Indies and Pakistan tours of England before we’re due to tour. We hope they go off without a hitch.”
While the India tour is a lucrative one, it is unlikely that Australia would host Afghanistan for a one-off Test, which is not a part of the World Test Championship schedule.
The chances of the T20 World Cup happening in Australia are also looking dim in the prevailing circumstances. It could be shifted to 2021, while India hosts its edition in 2022.