As the state of Victoria is batteling against Noval Coronavirus COVID-19 resurgence, it is too early to say about the shift from Melbourne of Boxing Day test match against India, as per the statement firm Cricket Australia interim Chield Executive Nick Hockley.
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It is a long history of the Melbourne Cricket Ground to host these test matches from Dec 26 to Dec 30 every year, except in the year 1980. Since then this test series has become the staple on the sporting calendar of Australia.
If the coronavirus situation does not get stabilized in Melbourn till Dec 2020, the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust is considering making a bid to host back-to-back tests over the Christmas-New Year period in 2020.
As per a conference call of Hockley with reporters on Sunday, The preparation is in full swing for the most iconic event of the Australian Sporting calendar i.e. “The Boxing Day”. If everything goes well, The Boxing Day match will surly be planed to held in Melbourn Cricket Ground for this year.
The current situation and infection cases in Victoria and Melbourn:
As per the reports, the situation is not good. In Victoria (2nd most populated state of Australia) is battling hard with the 2nd wave of COVID-19 spread. The numbers are as high as two-thirds of the national tally of approximately 21,000 cases.
The southeastern state (capital Melbourn) had nearly 181 death count and it is almost 70% of total Australia’s fatalities from this pandemic.
As per Hockley, The second wave has only alerted Cricket Australia about its effects if they take it lightly in anyways, it will impact really bad to all associated parties. Rather, they have to be agile and flexible for upcoming 4 teats, 3 one-day matches tour by India, and all other national and international cricket tournaments.
Hockley and his team are doing everything to get these events done, with no change in schedule or place, however, if the things change, they are getting ready with backup arrangments too in the meanwhile.
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