Last time when these two sides faced each other, it was a special occasion for AISECS. Midst all the lockdown craziness and the need to commemorate and chant the names of our favorite cricket-brities, the schedule for the much-awaited India vs Australia 2020 series was finally confirmed, with Cricket Australia announcing the venues and dates for the series. India’s tour of Australia will include a total of 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 4 Tests, with the series being the first international tour for Virat Kohli’s men after the coronavirus-enforced lockdown. Cricket Australia also revealed that plans are in place to allow some fans for all the matches of the series. The final schedule for the India vs Australia 2020 series comes soon after the NSW government approved Cricket Australia’s bio-security plans last week.
Virat Kohli & Ravi Shastri being felicitated at SCG
From the start of 2020, global pandemic has crumbled the excitement of people as they were missing their favourite athletes in action from both the cricket loving countries. But, looks like the year is going to end on a great note on account of this big game officially being played under the COVID restriction guidelines.
After completing the most looked after professional cricket league IPL in UAE, the Indian and Australian players will march to Australia. The real setback will be when the players will have to quarantine themselves as per the government guidelines which is something that the Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli is worried about, on account of compromising his teams fitness during those days. The protocol is most likely to be carried forward and the players need to adhere by it.
The previous India tour of Australia saw an intense competition between the two teams with the visiting team emerging victorious. This time, however, the intensity will be manifolds as the host country is looking forward to claiming back the title.
Over a period, the Indo-Ozzie ties have strengthened on account of culture, sports, education etc. Recently popular on social media, was a glimpse where Australian prime minister Scott Morrison was seen enjoying Indian snack, samosa which in his terms was humorously quoted as “SCOMOSAS”.
In high spirits, Australian-Indian sports educational and cultural society (AISECS) as an organization has come forward and played a very important role in promoting and binding the bilateral ties. By using the rich cultural and sporting heritage that these two nations have in common, (AISECS) strives to establish strong prospective pathways.
The long-term plans and course of events that (AISECS) would deliver, will include the development and implementation of the cricket series between the Indian and Australian teams this summer. Previously, the Sydney cricket ground in 2018 awarded honorary membership to Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri. (AISECS) took the initiative to get the achievement of these Indian cricket legends acknowledged in Australia. On this occasion the former Counsel General of India to Sydney B.Vanlalvawna, CEO of Sydney Cricket Ground- Kerrie Mather, Chairman of Sydney Cricket- Tony Shepherd were present to facilitate both Virat Kohli & Ravi Shastri.
Having said that, the upcoming series will be a boon to the Indian community residing in Australia to witness one of the greatest international test series.