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Perth misses out on India series

Perth won't see any international cricket this summer, having been overlooked as part of the 2020-21 schedule confirmed by Cricket Australia on Wednesday.

India will tour for three ODI's, three T20I's and 4 Tests starting in late November, the white ball legs of the tour first before the Test series begins with a day night Test match in Adelaide on December 17th.

The ODI's and T20I's will be played in Sydney in a hub style format between the two countries, beginning at the SCG with back to back ODI's on November 27th and 29th before the final match heads to Manuka Oval in Canberra.

The first of the T20I's will also be played in the nation's capital, before returning to the SCG for the final two matches.

The Test series will begin with a pink ball day-night Test in Adelaide, before the Boxing Day Test at the MCG and SCG Test, which will start later than usual on January 7th.

The series concludes at the Gabba with the fourth and final Test, commencing on January 15.

With WA's continued hard border stance through Premier Mark McGowan, Perth wasnt considered for international matches as part of the series.

Christina Matthews issued a statement on behalf of the WACA organisation after the fixture announcement on Wednesday, citing disappointment at being overlooked for international matches.

"It is an extremely disappointing result for our Members, fans and our cricket community that WA will miss out on hosting international cricket fixtures this summer," she said.

"The WACA worked tirelessly with Cricket Australia and the WA Government to find a way to bring international cricket to Perth.

"Limitations with border restrictions, and complexities around scheduling as a result of COVID-19, led to the decision to play the three-match ODI series at the Sydney Cricket Ground and Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

"We are dealing with circumstances and obstacles beyond our control. We respect and understand that difficult decisions need to be made to ensure our country can secure as much international cricket as possible this summer.

"With world-class facilities and the opportunity for cricket fans to attend matches we maintain that WA is well-prepared to host BBL matches this summer and we will continue to work closely with Cricket Australia and the WA Government on this."

IMAGE: Yahoo Sport.


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