Australia likely to tour England in September


Australia might consider going through with their tour to England this July to play white ball Cricket matches- 3 ODIs and T20Is each, against their Ashes rivals given that the West Indies’ tour of England looks like a real possibility at the moment, and the Pakistanis are willing to tour as well.

Although Australia’s tour was supposed to be in the month of July, chief executive of Cricket Australia, Kevin Roberts is optimistic about his country touring the UK in September, after visits by West Indies and Pakistan serve as the “best test” of player safety in the region.

Roberts was quoted as saying by the News Corp, “I think there’s some chance we could send a team over. Obviously we won’t jeopardise the safety of the players, but the best test of that is the West Indian and Pakistan tours of England before we’re due to tour. We hope they go off without a hitch.”

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Roberts proceeded to talk about India’s scheduled visit to Australia later this year. Despite not committing to any words, he said that there is a nine out of ten chance that the series will take place, and the presence or absence of the crowd won’t be a factor.
“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. 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,” he said.

Despite the England and Wales Cricket Board themselves not having much clarity about Pakistan touring England this summer, Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive Wasim Khan also spoke positively about touring England.

Khan told Sky, “The players trust that we are going to do what is right by them. We are not going to jeopardise their health. We all want cricket to be played but not at all costs. We will have an extended squad. We are looking at bringing about 25 players. We are planning to get them together to train for the tour. We’re probably about a week away from that.
The ECB have said they are going to come back to us on that once they have gained clarity on what we can do during that time.”

“We are trying to get to England early July so that we can get the quarantine done. If we can practice during that time then great, if not then it gives us just under three weeks to practice,” he added.