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Australian Test great floats radical Big Bash League idea


Former Australian Test wicketkeeper Ian Healy has floated the radical idea of Indian players taking part in this year’s Big Bash League.

With COVID-19 regulations meaning India face the prospect of spending 14 days in quarantine on their arrival into Australia, Healy says more should be done to try and keep them in the country for an extended period.

“In the cricket, India are out here this summer,” he said on SEN’s Pat and Heals.

“How do keep them out here (for longer) in the summer? I would put them in the Big Bash and give them a real summer in Australia.

“Cricket has got to come up with ways we can please India and keeping them out here and giving them and their public a chance to watch something (is a good idea).

“You don’t want them in quarantine in India for two weeks where they can’t play cricket, you should be able to play (against them) around the world.”

Australia will take on India in a blockbuster four-Test series as well as several limited-overs matches this upcoming summer.

Adelaide is firming as favourites to host the opening Test of the series, with India able to quarantine in a hotel attached to Adelaide Oval on their arrival into the country.

The BCCI currently doesn't allow Indian players to take part in overseas domestic T20 competitions such as the Big Bash.

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