Mark Taylor, former Australian captain and currently Cricket Australia director, feels that iconic Cricket matches such as the Boxing Day Test match, where the capacity crowd plays a major factor in setting the atmosphere of the game, needs to be played in a different venue and not at the MCG, where it traditionally takes place.
In a conversation with Channel 9, Taylor said, “Could it move? Obviously, because if you look at what is happening across Australia by Christmas time, the MCG may only be able to host 10,000 or 20,000 people, which will not look great for an iconic Test like (between) Australia and India.”
Taylor added that venues such as the Adelaide Oval or the Optus stadium in Perth, where the situation is under control, will be vying to get the hosting rights of the prestigious Test match.
“You move that to Optus stadium in Perth or even Adelaide Oval, you will get full venues. Adelaide in particular loves seeing the Indians play. The India-Pakistan game in the World Cup sold out in 52 minutes or something,” he said.
Last month, Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) chief Christina Matthews complained that Cricket Australia chose Brisbane over Perth as one of the venues for the high profile Test series against India later this year.
The Optus stadium can seat 60,000 supporters and is regarded as the best venue in Australia outside the MCG. Taylor believes WACA will look to seize the opportunity to host Virat Kohli and his men. “Those venues, especially Perth, will be trying hard to get that game as it would look better with full crowds,” he said.