Cricket Australia (India Tour to Australia 2020) CEO Nick Hockley said that the Indian team would have to remain in isolation for two weeks in Adelaide after arriving here. Hawkley's statement is in sharp contrast to the statement of BCCI President Saurav Ganguly, who had already made it clear that he was not in favor of a two-week isolation period for the team on their tour to Australia.
After this year's T20 World Cup was officially postponed in Australia, Hawkley said that all players and support staff would be provided with the best facilities for practice under isolation rules. He told ESPNcricinfo, 'The two-week isolation is very well defined. We are working on ensuring that the players get the best training facilities during the isolation, so that they can prepare for the match in the best way possible.
He said, 'We will clearly seek the guidance of health experts and officials. Players will be ensured that the risk of infection is minimized if they stay in a hotel or ground facility or a hotel close to the ground. Our priority is to create a completely bio-secure environment. '
According to the website, not only the Indian team players but also the Australian cricketers who returned from the IPL will have to go through the mandatory isolation period. The teams have been kept in a bio-safe environment for the current series being played between England and the West Indies, who returned to international cricket during the Covid-19 epidemic.
Hawkley said, “If we are unable to do this (bio-safe environment), then it will hurt our credibility.” There is a hotel in Adelaide Oval, it offers facilities like Old Trafford or Aegias Bowl, the hotel is connected to the stadium. '
The newly built hotel on the eastern edge of the Adelaide Oval is the best option for creating a bio-safe environment. Hawkley said cases of Covid-19in the Indian subcontinent are increasing rapidly, leading to travel restrictions. In such a situation, the teams coming here have to follow all the rules set by the Australian Government and the ICC.
The ICC has postponed the T20 World Cup. In such a situation, BCCI can organize IPL between September-November in UAE. “I think the BCCI has not concealed anything from anyone that IPL means to them,” said Hawkley.