Despite the second wave of the Coronavirus hitting Melbourne, Shane Warne has stated that authorities should try and do everything to keep the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. There are speculations that Adelaide may host the iconic match due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Melbourne has traditionally been the host for the iconic Boxing Day Test that starts on December 26 every year, however, things might change this year. The city has been badly affected by the pandemic and the cases are rising in an unbelievable manner as compared to other cities, which put Adelaide at the pole position to host the iconic match for the first time since 1976 thanks to the multi-wing on-site hotel next to the ground.
However, Shane Warne, who hails from Victoria and played all his cricket at the iconic ground, stated that everything should be done to keep Boxing Day Test at the MCG.
"Cricket is the 2nd biggest sport in the world behind soccer(fact) & the biggest day on the Aust sporting calendar is the Boxing Day test. We must try & do everything possible to keep it at the MCG this year. FYI- The Melb Cup & the AFL GF are the next biggest events in Aust !," Warne wrote on his twitter handle.
Currently, there is no clarity on whether Indian cricket team's much-anticipated tour will begin with a Day/Night Test either in Adelaide or Brisbane after Western Australia made it clear that there won't be any relaxation in quarantine guidelines in their territory. Indian team want to practise during their Quarantine facility which makes Adelaide the preferred venue for the series.