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CA warn significant losses if India-Australia Tests scrapped
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CA warn significant losses if India-Australia Tests scrapped

Cricket Australia faces the prospect of losing hundreds of millions of dollars if India's Test tour Down Under is cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

CA is currently contemplating all the possibilities to guarantee that the contests between the two sides take place undeterred.

One of the suggestions on the table involves sacrificing the one-off Test against Afghanistan in November to ensure a five-game series with India.

Australia are also hosting the T20 World Cup this year, slated to be held in October-November, with the ICC 'exploring all options' to stage the showpiece event.

CA chief Kevin Roberts highlighted the fact that financial losses for the board had already reached USD 12.6 million and could swell to three-figures if India's trip is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

"If you contemplate the prospect of the international season, in particular, being affected, we have an issue of hundreds of millions of dollars on our hands," he told local reporters in a conference call.

"So it's very important we plan proactively for that."

A five-Test series fixture could become a regular component of India-Australia bilateral meetings in the future as Roberts claimed it was a "shared desire" of the two boards.

India, who sit atop the Test rankings, boast the biggest audience in world cricket and command the largest share of revenue in the sport.

"We don't know what prospect there is of that next season, but certainly with a changing landscape... we won't rule out a possibility of that until we get closer to the time," Roberts said, as reported by the Sporting News website.

The economic setbacks triggered by the virus scare has prompted the need for "creative solutions" with Roberts mentioning potential cuts in players' wages.

A significant portion of CA's staff has been furloughed on reduced pay and threats of further layoffs loom ahead.

"We respect the player payment model that is in place now, and we intend to continue respecting that," Roberts said.

"It doesn't mean disrespecting the current model at all."

"It just means we need creative solutions like every other organisation in society to manage through this situation respectfully to all parties involved."