Monday, April 22, 2024

Cricket Australia: Australia-India rivalry set to grow

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Cricket Australia (CA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are delighted the storied rivalry between the countries will get even bigger next summer as Test cricket continues to thrive.

The first men’s five-match NRMA Insurance Test series between Australia and India since 1991-92 will be a highlight of the 2024-25 international schedule to be announced in coming days.

The extension of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for this and future series recognises the standing of the nations which contested the 2023 ICC World Test Championship final as well as their enduring commitment to the game’s preeminent international format.

India’s supporters flocked to the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup in Australia in huge numbers and the extended tour will provide a wonderful opportunity for fans across the country, including Australia’s growing Indian communities, to see the star-studded Australian and Indian teams in action.

Test cricket attracted more than one million viewers on linear and streaming services for 29 sessions this summer, while more than 9.5 million viewers tuned in to Star Sports, the official broadcaster of Australian cricket in India, for the three-Test series against Pakistan.

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy Series is expected to attract even greater numbers with eyes glued to the much-anticipated series.

Mr Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary BCCI, said:

“The BCCI remains steadfast in its dedication to preserving the rich heritage of Test Cricket, a format we hold in the highest esteem. 

“Our ongoing collaboration with Cricket Australia in extending the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to five Tests underscores our collective commitment to nurturing and elevating Test cricket’s significance.  

“This extension echoes our shared vision to amplify the essence of Test cricket and uphold its legacy. As India and Australia, come together, we anticipate an enthralling spectacle that will captivate fans worldwide with its intensity and excitement.” 

Mike Baird, CA Chair, said: 

“We are absolutely delighted the Border-Gavaskar Trophy has been extended to five Tests given the intense rivalry between our two great cricketing nations and the excitement this creates.

“The eyes of the cricket world will be on Australia and I’m confident Pat Cummins’ World Champion team can overcome the skill and depth of the Indian team who played so brilliantly to win the last two series here and reclaim the trophy.

“We’re grateful for the collaboration with the BCCI and I echo Mr Shah’s sentiments about the pre-eminence of Test cricket. We look forward to hosting their team, officials and fans throughout what will be a tremendous series and a highlight of a packed summer of cricket.”

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