India tour of Austraila
India set to tour to Australia in December
|| CF Correspondent ||
Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] president Sourav Ganguly confirmed on Saturday that India will tour Australia in coming December but urged for a reduced quarantine period for the players
Ganguly told to an Indian media that they have confirmed the tour to Australia in some extends and wants the quarantine period to be shortened as he don't want the players to be held at the hotel after travelling so far.
"Ya, ya, we have confirmed that tour. In December we will be coming. We just hope the number of quarantine days get reduced a bit," Ganguly said.
"Because we don't want the players to go all that far and sit in hotel rooms for two weeks. It is very, very depressing and disappointing."
"And, as I said Australia and New Zealand have been in good position except Melbourne. So from that point of view we will be going there and hopefully the quarantine days will be less and we can get back to cricket," he added.
Till Sunday, Australia has listed a 9,796 COVID-19 cases and the death toll has reached 106.
On the other hand, marking the return of the international cricket, West Indies squad spent 14 days in a hotel as a quarantine period after landing in England on 9 June for their three-Test tour, that began on 8 July.
For now the Virat Kohli's side are scheduled to tour Australia for their four Test matches in December-January.
"It is going to be a tough series. It is not going to be what it was two years back. It is going to be a strong Australia but our team is as good," said Ganguly.
"We have the batting, we have the bowling. We just need to bat better. You know the best team overseas bat well.
"When we were so successful in England, in Australia, in Pakistan we were getting 400-500-600 in Test matches. I said that to Virat as well," he added
Ganguly also backed his side to win under Kohli's leadership and spoke highly about the No. 2 Test batsman.
"Because you are Virat Kohli your standards are high. When you walk out to play, when you walk out with your team, I, watching on TV, don't expect you to just play well against Australia. I expect you to win," said the former India skipper.
"So you have to live up to the standards. For his captaincy tenure this will be a milestone series - more than the World Cup," Ganguly concluded.
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