Cricket Australia (CA) on Thursday confirmed keeping Sydney Cricket Ground as the hosts for the third Test match between India and Australia. Earlier, the board had announced that the third Test to be shifted out from SCG due to the new cases emerging in Sydney.
And considering the outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Sydney, Melbourne was considered probable to host the third Test. It was also cleared to the visitors that in case anything changes in the schedule, they would be informed in the first place.
Due to the emerging cases, the New South Wales Government has imposed regulations on the travel to curb the spread of virus. Cricket Australia (CA) has also been working on various contingency plans to make the series happen without any obstacles. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had also acknowledged the situation on Monday before their players’ arrival in Melbourne on Tuesday.
“The CA feels Melbourne is a safe option under the circumstances because the safety of the players and the staff is paramount. They are in regular touch with the BCCI and the venue should be finalised soon,” one of the CA board official had told The New Indian Express.
However, the officials have now confirmed of going with the Sydney Cricket Ground for the third Test slated to begin January 7.
A total of 19 cases emerged in Sydney on December 23, adding it to a total of 28,238 cases in the region with 905 deaths so far.