• CA operating in ‘a different world’

    Chief executive officer Kevin Roberts has warned Cricket Australia could lose more than $100 million if this year’s Test series against India does not go ahead.

    The tour, like plenty of other international cricket around the world, is under threat amid the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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    ‘If you contemplate the prospect of the international season, in particular, being affected, we have an issue of hundreds of millions of dollars on our hands,’ said Roberts.

    ‘So it’s very important we plan proactively for that.’

    Cricket Australia and the Board of Control for Cricket in India are contemplating hosting the Test series exclusively at the Adelaide Oval, without spectators.

    ‘At this point, we won’t rule anything out in terms of the Indian series. Along with the BCCI, the Indian players and their support staff, we want to stage a series that inspires the cricket world, whether or not there are people at the venue or not sitting in the stands,’ added Roberts.

    ‘So, we’ll explore all viable options, many of which wouldn’t have been contemplated until now. We are in a different world where all of a sudden we’re being grateful for what we have rather than lament about things that we don’t.’

    This year’s edition of the T20 World Cup is also scheduled to be played in Australia.

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