New Delhi: The stated quarantine period of 14 days in Brisbane before the start of the Australia tour, and the venues and formats for the mega home series against England will be discussed at the BCCI Apex Council meeting on Saturday.
The three principal office-bearers — president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah and treasurer Arun Dhumal — are currently in the UAE to oversee the conduct of the IPL.
While there are five topics on the agenda, the ones pertaining to cricket operations of domestic and international fixtures will dominate the discussions, which will be held virtually.
The third point on the agenda is domestic cricket, which is yet to start due to rising cases of COVID-19, and it is a foregone conclusion that the 2020-21 season, as and when it begins, will be a truncated one.
There will be extensive discussions on the operations and logistics of the jumbo Indian contingent that will be travelling to Brisbane (in Queensland) from Dubai after the IPL. It is expected that at least 28 players across the three formats will travel together along with the support and administrative staff by a chartered aircraft.
"Cricket Australia has drawn up a rough schedule which is yet to be finalised. That will be discussed and also whether there could be a possible relaxation of the 14-day quarantine," a BCCI source told.
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