The 10th season of Australia's Big Bash League is set to end on 6 February, depending on the continuing pandemic. The first BBL night match will start at the Adelaide Oval just as play ends in the first Test between India and Australia in Brisbane.
Melbourne: Cricket Australia has optimistically announced a 3 December start to the domestic Twenty20 competition which is set to begin the same day the first Test between Australia and India opens in Brisbane.
Still to be determined is whether the Twenty20 World Cup, set for 18 October to 15 November in Australia, will go ahead. All international cricket was suspended in March because of the coronavirus lockdown and test cricket has only just resumed in England.
The 16-team T20 World Cup has a number of matches scheduled in Victoria state, a current hotbed of COVID-19 which has resulted in a six-week lockdown in Melbourne.
The 10th season of Australia's Big Bash League is set to end on 6 February, depending on the continuing pandemic. The first BBL night match will start at the Adelaide Oval just as play ends in the first Test at Brisbane.
Cricket Australia has several contingency plans in case of further coronavirus shutdowns.
"While we know that the challenging, fast-changing coronavirus pandemic could ultimately mean revisions to the schedule, there is nonetheless a lot to like about the way both competitions are shaping up," BBL head Alistair Dobson said.
Rule changes for this year's competition have yet to be finalized, with the most notable shift likely to be a player draft for international signings.
The last major international event staged in Australia before the coronavirus lockdown was the Women's Twenty20 World Cup final in March, when Australia beat India in front of more than 86,000 spectators in Melbourne.
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Akhtar had made the claim last month while slamming the PCB's team selection for the T20 World Cup and backed his statement after Pakistan suffered a one-sided loss in the T20I series decider against England on Sunday.
Jasprit Bumrah had complained of back pain last week and upon further tests, an injury was confirmed which ruled him out of the T20 World Cup.
Bumrah was officially ruled out of the T20 World Cup on Monday after an announcement by the BCCI, dealing a body blow to India's hopes of winning their second T20 world title.