Cricket-Australia board hope to push crowd limits for India tour

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MELBOURNE, Nov. 10 (Reuters) – Cricket Australia (CA) is hopeful that crowd limits in stadiums can be relaxed for the hit tour of India as COVID-19 restrictions ease across the country.

Australia recorded only new single-digit daily cases for weeks, with an outbreak in southern Victoria being canceled by a four-month lockdown.

Stadium crowd caps remain, however, which could cost CA tens of millions of dollars.

Victoria is limiting crowds at the 100,000-seat Melbourne Cricket Ground to 25,000 seats per day during the December 26 test on Boxing Day, the second in a four-game series against India.

The Adelaide Oval and Sydney Cricket Ground test sites are capped at around half of their capacity, while Brisbane’s Gabba is capped at around 70%.

“We will be making security a top priority, but we will continue to work with authorities to see if we can increase those capabilities a bit as we move forward,” said Nick Hockley, acting CEO of CA at Australian radio station SEN. Tuesday.

Last month CA reported a deficit of AU $ 46 million ($ 33.48 million) for the year ending June 30 and projected a decline of A $ 120 million from forecast revenue for the period 2020 / 21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. tour, which kicks off with a one-day international series in Sydney on November 27, will provide a vital injection of revenue for CA despite the limited involvement of one of Virat Kohli’s biggest cards to draw.

The Indian skipper will miss the last three tests to return home for the birth of his child. I think when the pregnancy was announced it was still on the cards and we have to respect the fact that he wants to be there for the birth of his first child, ”Hockley said.

Indian players and staff will undertake a 14-day quarantine after arriving in Australia and will be confined in a biosecurity “bubble” during the tour.

They are expected to land in Australia on Thursday, but Hockley said travel arrangements for their families have not been made.

“We were always talking about a very limited number of families and we’re working on it,” Hockley said.

(1 USD = 1.3738 Australian dollar)

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