CA chief Nick Hockley hopes India’s tour of Australia will convey momentum again in girls’s cricket
Sydney: Girls’s cricket has suffered greater than males due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley mentioned on Thursday, hoping that the upcoming tour by India right here will “get the momentum going once more.”
The Indian girls’s staff’s tour Down Underneath will start with a three-match ODI sequence between 19-24 September, adopted by the one-off day-night Check from 30 September to three October.
Thanking the BCCI for accepting its request, Hockley mentioned the match would assist in selling the ladies’s recreation.
“It’s good to see the expansion of the sport (girls’s cricket). We’re very lucky to have the T20 World Cup simply earlier than COVID hit the world final yr. And these matches are about how you can get the momentum going,” Hockley mentioned whereas taking part in a 12-hour gaming reside stream to lift cash for UNICEF Australia’s India COVID Enchantment.
“Girls’s cricket suffered greater than males as a consequence of COVID. I thank the Indian staff for having agreed to journey figuring out that they must be in quarantine. It’s a massive funding.
“India could be seeking to get again (at Australia) after the T20 World Cup defeat,” Hockley added.
India misplaced by 85 runs to Australia within the Girls’s T20 World Cup in March final yr, simply earlier than the lethal virus hit the world.
The ladies’s staff’s tour will conclude with a three-match T20I sequence from 7-11 October. This will likely be India’s first Check match Down Underneath for the reason that Adelaide Check in 2006.
The match may also be the second day-night Check with a pink ball in girls’s cricket historical past after the drawn contest between Australia and England in Sydney in 2017.
It’ll even be the primary time since 2014 that the Mithali Raj-led facet will likely be competing in two Check matches in a calendar yr.
They’re scheduled to play a one-off Check towards England in Bristol, beginning 16 June.
High Australian cricketers, together with star tempo duo of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, participated within the 12-hour gaming reside stream to lift funds for supporting India’s struggle towards the pandemic.
The initiative, which is a brainchild of pacer Josh Lalor, allowed followers to observe the likes of Cummins, spinner Nathan Lyon and pacer Josh Hazlewood on a reside stream the place they showcased their gaming expertise in a bid to lift AUD 100,000 for the noble trigger.
The fundraiser additionally noticed participation from all-rounder Moises Henriques, girls’s staff cricketer Alyssa Healy and South African Rilee Rossouw amongst others.
Todd Greenberg, the CEO of the Australian Cricketers’ Affiliation, additionally made an look alongside Hockley.
Cummins, who had donated USD 50,000 from his personal pocket for COVID reduction in India, mentioned he felt “loopy” witnessing the spiralling variety of constructive instances whereas he was was India, taking part in for Kolkata Knight Riders within the now-suspended IPL 2021.
“I’m fortunate to be again in Australia. COVID hasn’t affected us (Australia) as different elements of the world like India. The Indians are going through a tricky time. Such was the state of affairs, I believed to place a bit of cash and assist,” he mentioned.
“I’ve been to India so many instances however the in India the numbers had been simply loopy.”
“As cricketers we had been in a bio-bubble indifferent from the skin world however speaking to Indian teammates I got here to know that each single individual there has a COVID story.”
Australian Cricket has to this point raised greater than AUD 280,000 as a part of UNICEF Australia’s India COVID-19 Disaster Enchantment.
The Indian Premier League was additionally suspended mid-season final month after a number of instances of COVID-19 had been present in its bio-bubble.
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