India’s tour of Australia later this year is a “nine-out-of-10” chance to proceed, according to Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive Kevin Roberts.
Australia are scheduled to host India across four Tests and three One Day Internationals in December and January, with the tour worth a reported AU$300million to CA but thrown into jeopardy by the coronavirus outbreak.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have made positive noises about the national side partaking, including undergoing compulsory two-day quarantine as part of international travel restrictions.
Roberts was bullish about the tour, which may be expanded to include more ODIs, but is likely to be played behind closed doors only.
“I guess there’s no such thing as certainty in today’s world so I can’t say 10 (out of 10), but I’m going to say nine out of 10,” Roberts told News Corp.
“With the variable being, who would know whether we can have crowds I’d be really surprised if we can’t get the Indian tour away.
“But I wouldn’t, hand on heart suggest we’ll have full crowds from the start. We’ll just have to see how that goes.”
The CA boss was also optimistic that Australia’s scheduled tour of England, which was to include three ODIs and three T20 Internationals in July can also go ahead.
“I think there’s some chance we could send a team over,” Roberts said.
“Obviously we won’t jeopardise the safety of the players, but the best test of that is the West Indian and Pakistan tours of England before we’re due to tour.
“We hope they go off without a hitch.”