BERLIN, Germany, May 28, 2020 (SNN247.com) – Cricket Australia became the second country after England to announce hosting international matches after the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The sports activities all around the world halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic in mid of March this year. The Bundesliga League of Germany became the first league in sports which started its season in the second half of May 2020.
Earlier, England Cricket Board also announced to host West Indies and Pakistan this COVID-19 affected summer. It is estimated that over US $5 billion loss has been suffered by the sports industry around the world in terms of TV rights, gate money, sponsorship deals, etc so far and numbers can increase further if global events like ICC T20I world cup also postpone.
Cricket Australia revealed that they will host Zimbabwe for three-match one day international series in August 2020 which will be followed by three T20 internationals against West Indies in October 2020. Australia has currently ranked number 1 in ICC T20 International rankings followed by Pakistan at number 2.
India will tour Australia in October 2020 to play three T20Is while Australia will rewrite history in November this year by hosting Afghanistan for the first-ever test match international. It will be all Australia vs India in December – January 2020-21 where India will be playing four-match test series which will be followed by three one day internationals between the two semi-finalists of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
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Interestingly this is the first time India will be playing a one day international after star England all-rounder sparked controversy in his book by blaming the Indian cricket team to lose deliberately against England in 2019 Cricket World Cup which ended Pakistan hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals. Stokes further said that Pakistan was a far better and competitive team than India on paper and was deserved to be in the top four of the prestigious tournament.
Ben Stokes remarks about the Indian cricket team and MS Dhoni also revived the controversy of Justice Mudgal’s report about Chennai Super Kings Skipper and his role & alleged involvement in match-fixing in Indian Premier League which is also infamous for match-fixing and spot-fixing controversies. There was always talk on Justice Mudgal secret envelope about CSK or MS Dhoni which is still a secret to many cricket fans.
In January 2021, Australia will host Cricket World Cup 2019 runners-up New Zealand for three one day internationals while neighbors will face each other again in February 2021 for solitary T20 International.