Indian women’s upcoming cricket tour of Australia will be played entirely in Queensland due to the lockdowns and border closures in Victoria and New South Wales.
Ongoing border closures and lockdowns have forced a change in the venues for the seven-game CommBank Series between Australia and India, which now starts on 21 September. The series, featuring three ODIs, one Test match and three T20s had earlier been scheduled to begin in Sydney on 19 September before moving to Melbourne and Perth and then returning to Sydney.
Cricket Australia has now moved the series to Queensland, with matches to be played in Mackay and Gold Coast.
No training for players during quarantine
Two-thirds of the members of Australia’s 18-player team will be required to quarantine for 14 days in Queensland as they are based in either Sydney or Melbourne, cities that are currently under lockdown. These 12 players departed for Brisbane from their respective cities on Monday morning.
The Indian women cricket team departed for Australia on Sunday but fresh COVID-19 related restrictions in the country means that the players will now have to complete a two-week hard quarantine upon arrival in Brisbane.
The 22-member Indian squad will reach Brisbane via Dubai on Monday.The the team is set to play its first-ever pink ball game and that may be their biggest challenge for the tour.
Players from both teams arriving in Brisbane will have to undergo hard quarantine during which they will be restricted to their rooms and unable to train throughout that period. They will be released from quarantine on 13 September.
The series will begin with the first one-day international in Mackay. The full schedule can be seen via this LINK.