India top-order batsman Rohit Sharma is hopeful their tour to Australia at the end of 2020 is allowed to proceed.
International sport across the globe has been ground to a halt due to the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic with multiple events, tours, tournaments, and competitions having been postponed or outright canceled.
Countries have shut down their borders and travel has become almost impossible, while economies are struggling and people are losing their jobs.
While the situation does appear to be easing up globally, there is still no firm indication of when things might start getting back to normal.
The India tour of Australia was initially penciled in for October-November this year so there is a decent chance it will be allowed to go ahead, especially considering Australia has managed to limit the spread of Covid-19 quite effectively.
"Actually we were quite looking forward to this year's tour as well. I hope somehow both the boards - the Australian and the Indian board they somehow try and manage to do something and get this series underway," Sharma said, according to ESPNCricinfo.
"It'll be great for the teams as well, but also great for people to start cricket with. It'll be a great series for people to watch. It'll be a great way to kick off cricket in the world if that happens,"
"I personally love playing against Australia. Whenever there's an opportunity to play against Australia, it's a different feeling. And last year when we won the series, which has never happened before in the history of Indian cricket, it was good for us as a team. I know you guys (Warner and Smith) were missing but still, what the bowlers did there, what the batters did there was a great boost.
"IPL is likely to happen at some stage as well, but I have no idea about what date or what month it would be. Once everything settles down a little bit there'll be a better idea for us to judge whether the IPL is likely to happen or not but I am really looking forward to that Australian tour.
"I hope it really happens... in January or February or whenever it is. I really hope that happens. We love coming to Australia, we love playing against you guys."
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