New Delhi: Cricket Australia (CA) has not yet announced the schedule for the series against India starting next month, but it has sparked controversy. Not only the broadcaster Seven West Media, but also the owners of Channel 7 are criticizing the potential program produced by Australia.
Now former Australian captain Alan Border also led the CA and criticized the BCCI, especially for preparing a program tailored to the Sydney Test. The Sydney Test is commonly known as the New Year Test which starts in the first week of January mainly from 3rd or 4th January.
The gap between the Boxing Day Test match (December 26 to 30) and the New Year (January 3 to 7) Test match is three days, but India is demanding a gap of more than a week. The last Test of the series is to be played in Brisbane from 15 to 19 January. The Brisbane Test ends on January 19 so the series will clash with the Australian Open starting on January 14.
Border’s resentment over the series is even more significant, as the series is called the Gavaskar-Border Trophy. The former captain told Fox Sports, ‘I don’t think there should be any discussion about this. If it is necessary, it is also due to the virus, but it is happening because wanting a long distance between Boxing Day, Test matches and New Year’s Tests, it is nonsense.