Due to Covid-19-imposed restrictions, the first match on the Indian team’s tour of Australia will be postponed by two days, from September 19 to September 21, and the full series of three ODIs, one day-night Test, and three T20Is will now be played in Mackay and Carrara in Queensland. The first ODI, which will kick off the series, was originally scheduled for North Sydney Oval, but will now be played in Mackay, along with the second and final ODIs, which were originally scheduled for Melbourne’s Junction Oval.

Covid-19 is currently wreaking havoc on Australia and because the number of infections is constantly increasing, no matches may be held in Sydney, Melbourne, or Perth. Lockdowns are being imposed in all of these cities on a regular basis. According to the Times of India, this has caused Cricket Australia (CA) to relocate the ODI and T20I series from Sydney to Mackay, and the pink ball Test from Perth to the Gold Coast, which will also host the three T20Is.

All of this, however, is contingent on the Queensland state government’s final clearances upon India’s arrival. The group is leaving this afternoon and will arrive in Brisbane via Dubai, where they will be subjected to a 14-day strict quarantine that will finish on September 13. The players from outside Queensland are likely to arrive next week, with those from Melbourne and Sydney being forced to quarantine.

The Indians will play a practise match in Brisbane on September 18 following the quarantine. BCCI is said to have requested the warm-up game and multiple training sessions, based on their learnings from India’s tour of the United Kingdom earlier this year, when the team’s preparations were hampered by the lack of tour games.