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India fine with playing whole series of Australia in Adelaide

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India captain Virat Kohli and his team will be open to playing the whole test series against Australia in a 'bio-safe' Adelaide Oval when the situation demands, a top Indian cricket board official told Reuters.

In December and January, India is scheduled to play four tests and three one-day internationals on a tour worth A$ 300 million ($193.77 million) for Cricket Australia (CA) broadcast revenue.

On Thursday, Australia's vice-captain Travis Head backed the idea of playing the entire test series behind closed doors at Adelaide Oval, where an on-site hotel is under construction, to ensure that it goes ahead with the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

"The boys would be very keen to get back to the field," said Treasurer Arun Dhumal, Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI), in an interview.

"If the situation allows, so be it, only one venue for all the matches. Perhaps when lockdown is lifted it would be the new normal everybody has to follow.

"Without spectators there is talk about matches. Nobody wants that, but if that's what it's all about and there's no other way out, one might have to.

"There are still six-seven months to go. In the best interest of our boys' safety and health we will take the right call.

BCCI has had to postpone the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year because of the pandemic and the world's richest cricket board is looking at a potential loss of $530 million if it fails to find another window for the lucrative competition.

Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates offered to stage the Twenty20 competition but BCCI is not interested in shifting the competition.

"The Indian Government has put restrictions on travel. So, you can't travel there even if someone makes an offer. Where is the issue about holding the tournament? "Said Dhumal.

The pandemic has also endangered Australia's Twenty20 World Cup, which is set to start in October.

Dhumal suggested that if the global tournament can't go ahead, the BCCI would consider slotting IPL in the October-November window.

"If IPL has to happen there must be a 30-40 day clear window," he said.

"If T20 World Cup does not happen, and a window is available, then it would be worked out, subject of course to restrictions."

Following a series of postponements, getting foreign players for the IPL would be a major headache in any other window, he said, with the cricket calendar getting increasingly crammed.

"We may want our foreign players, but some tours could take place, and some bilateral series could take place.

"And so many conditions apply to their availability-whether foreign boards would allow their players to travel. Some countries could still be in lockdown.

"Everybody has been engaged for the T20 World Cup as of now. If there isn't that tournament, then all boards will have their players available (for IPL),' added Dhumal.

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