India has confirmed it will meet quarantine requirements in Australia and also named three squads for a two-month tour as the summer of cricket took another major step on Tuesday.
Powerful opening batsman Rohit Sharma and bowling stalwart Ishant Sharma were both left out of the Test, ODI and T20 squads named by the BBCI as they battle injuries sustained in the Indian Premier League.
But after Monday’s confirmation crowds could attend this year’s Boxing Day Test at the MCG and Indian officials agreeing to meet 14-day quarantine requirements, the movement is another positive stept for Cricket Australia who stand to make $300 million from the two-month tour.
Indian officials had been negotiating to get a “softer” quarantine given the majority of India‘s players, including skipper Virat Kohli, have been living in a hub for almost 12 weeks as they prepared for, and continue to take part in, the IPL in the United Arab Emirates.
There was concern about them not being able to train after arrival in Australia, but after a standoff with the Queensland government, it’s now expected the summer of cricket will start with a T20 and ODI series in NSW, where the Indians will land.
The full summer schedule is likely to be locked in soon, with an expected delayed start to the BBL.
The first Test will be a pink-ball Test in Adelaide, followed by matches at the MCG, SCG and in Brisbane.
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Indian selectors were forced to leave out the two Sharmas while wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been dropped from the limited-overs formats.
Ishant has been ruled out of remainder of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates after suffering an abdominal muscle tear earlier in the tournament.
Indian opener Rohit Sharma isn’t coming to Australia (Photo by NOAH SEELAM / AFP) /Source:AFP
Rohit, who captains defending champions Mumbai Indians in the Twenty20 competition, has also missed his team‘s past two IPL matches with a hamstring injury.
“The BCCI medical team will continue to monitor the progress of Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah said in a statement.
India have named Prithvi Shaw, the batting wunderkind who injured himself in a tour match when Indian last toured, and he could be set to make his maiden Test appreance against Australia.
Now 20, Shaw has he has since played four Tests and averages 55.83.
India are scheduled to play four Test matches in December-January, preceded by three one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches, though.
Inspired by Kohil, India recorder its first ever Test series victory in Australia during the 2018/19 summer.
Test squad: Virat Kohli (c), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Rishabh Pant (w), Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj
ODI squad: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.
T20I squad: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy
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