Adelaide will host the first Test, under lights, from December 17-21 while Melbourne, having suppressed the second wave of COVID-19, retains the Boxing Day Test.
CA are working with the Victorian Government and the Melbourne Cricket Club on plans that would allow fans to attend the marquee game.
The New Year’s Test will be played several days later than usual, from January 7-11, while Brisbane will stage the final match, from January 15-19. The Gabba has traditionally hosted the series-opener two months prior.
India A will take on Australia A in two games in Sydney, at Drummoyne Oval (December 6-8) and under lights at the SCG (December 11-13).
The India squad are due to arrive in Sydney on November 12 to serve their 14 days in quarantine subject to Australian Border Force travel authorisation and the appropriate departure-approvals.
The release of the fixture ends a winter of discontent for CA, which has come under fire from its TV partners, unhappy with the lack of certainty over the season and concerns over the quality of the Big Bash League, having earlier been in conflict with the states, players and its own staff.
CA had been hoping to release the schedule several weeks ago under the expectation the Queensland government would approve its biosecurity proposal but those plans were tossed out the window last week.
NSW, however, came to cricket’s rescue at the 11th hour, accepting CA’s proposal for India’s touring party to quarantine in Sydney.
“Across all three formats, Australia and India represents one of the great rivalries in world sport and we are delighted to welcome Virat Kohli’s outstanding squad to Australian shores this summer,” CA chief Nick Hockley said.
“We have worked closely with the BCCI for many months to bring this tour to life, and I cannot speak more highly of the professional, thorough and collaborative manner with which they have approached this tour in these extraordinary and complex times.
“I would like to express my gratitude to everyone at the BCCI for the faith and support they have shown in the plan we have developed, which we believe will result in a safe and successful summer for all involved.
“We would also like to especially thank the NSW Government for allowing players from both teams to safely prepare during quarantine, as well as other governments and health authorities who have worked with us to host a series which, I have no doubt, will live long in the memories of all who experience it.
“I would also like to thank everyone across Australian cricket and our valued partners for working tirelessly to navigate through the challenges to deliver a schedule that will bring joy and excitement to hundreds of millions of fans at home and abroad.
“The safety of the Australian community and all participants is our highest priority and we will continue to work with governments across Australia to ensure the schedule proceeds in line with relevant directions and biosecurity protocols. In relation to the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, we are working with the Victorian Government and the Melbourne Cricket Club on plans to safely host spectators at the iconic event with details to be confirmed in due course.”
The schedule for the BBL is yet to be finalised but the tournament is set to start in Tasmania.
November 27, SCG (D/N)
November 29, SCG (D/N)
December 2, Manuka Oval (D/N)
December 4, Manuka Oval (N)
December 6, SCG (N)
December 8, SCG (N)
First Test: December 17-21 , Adelaide Oval (D/N)
Second Test: December 26-30, MCG.
Third Test: January 7-11, SCG.
Fourth Test: January 15-19, The Gabba.
Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald