Cricket Australia preparing for the worst, hoping for the best - Kevin Roberts

Tanya Simon
May 30, 2020

And the CA CEO also accepted that there were "endless scenarios and possibilities" with what's been looked at as an ambitious schedule, considering the world is still reeling under the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"There are implications here for the ICC over a number of years".

Cricket Australia (CA) has announced its schedule for the global season, including a full tour from India and an inaugural Test against Afghanistan, although October's T20 World Cup appears likely to be postponed. "So there's a lot of complexity for them to deal with".

Revenue from the series is so important to Cricket Australia that it has proposed adding a fifth Test, which would mean ditching the one-off Test against Afghanistan in Perth from November 21. According to the release, the worldwide season Down Under will stretch from August 9, 2020 when Zimbabwe play an ODI to New Zealand's solitary T20I on February 20, 2021.

Kevin Roberts believes organising the T20 World Cup this year has high risks due to the coronavirus pandemic, Australia's cricket board has reported.

Roberts said CA was "exploring all options" as it prepared for the season including chartering flights from other countries into Australia, creating biosecurity "bubbles" at different grounds and using only one or two venues for matches. "Ordinarily that would deliver well over A$50 million in revenue to Cricket Australia".

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"The question of the IPL will be addressed when a decision is made around the T20 World Cup, that's the key influencing factor there", he said.

"In the event that doesn't happen, there are potential windows in the February-March period, October-November the following year".

While both Perth and Brisbane host an Ashes Test every four years because series against England comprise of five matches, the four-Test campaigns against India mean one of Perth and Brisbane have traditionally missed out.

"So we're focused on delivering the best season as possible noting that the likelihood of significant crowds is very slim", he told reporters on a video call on Friday. "And it's likely that our bio-security measures that we need to put in place to deliver the season will cost in the order of (AUD) 10 million", Roberts said.

Most CA staff remain furloughed on 20% pay until the end of June, while the board's executive team have taken a 20% pay-cut.

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