India’s tour ‘Down Under’: Allan Border slams Cricket Australia, BCCI on proposed schedule change

By PTI

MELBOURNE: Former Australia captain Allan Border says that his nation’s cricket board should not bow right down to the BCCI on the scheduling adjustments – the Sydney Test specifically – concerning the upcoming marquee tour by India.

The Sydney Test, often often known as the New Year’s Test, begins within the first week of January however has been pushed again to January 7 within the deliberate schedule.

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As per the schedule, but to be ratified by the BCCI and Cricket Australia, the ODIs shall be adopted by three T20 internationals in Adelaide between December Four-Eight after which the four-match Test collection with the opener in Adelaide from December 17 as a substitute of the normal Brisbane.

Border isn’t amused by the change in schedule. “I don’t think it should be a negotiated scenario. If it’s necessary because of what is happening globally with the virus then fair enough, but if it’s just because they want a bit of a spell off between Boxing Day and the New Year’s Test match then that’s rubbish,” Border advised Fox Sports News.

“We’ve been doing this for how many years now, back-to-back Test matches? It works a treat through that Christmas-New Year period and I wouldn’t be comfortable with it moving just because India want a couple more days off,” he added.

Even broadcasters Seven West Media, the proprietor of Channel 7, are crying foul over the schedule that Cricket Australia has ready. Border added, “I think they’re just playing mind games. They consider themselves the strength of world cricket, and financially that is the case so they do have a fair say in things.But if the roles were reversed, we wouldn’t have much say in the itinerary, it would just be put in front of us and these are the dates that we’re going to play.”

“You can negotiate as much as you like but these are traditional dates that everyone knows have been in the calendar forever, so to start negotiating now – it’s a tough one. I wouldn’t be bowing down to it – we’ve got traditional dates, let’s stick with them,” he stated.

Border additionally criticised the shifting of the Brisbane Test to the back-end. “The Brisbane Test match has traditionally been the first game for a lot of years now,” he stated.

“It’s such a great ground, it’s a pitch that we know well and play well on and it gives us a huge start to our international summer. Now obviously, India don’t want to play that first game in Brisbane, but that shouldn’t be the case. We should just be saying ‘these are the venues and these are the dates’. As far as of when games should and shouldn’t be played, I don’t think we should give an inch at all,” he stated.

On Tuesday, Seven West Media took Cricket Australia to arbitration, demanding a reduce in annual charges, reportedly dissatisfied with the deliberate schedule of the India tour.

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