The BCCI and Cricket Australia extended the Border-Gavaskar series to five Tests, marking the first such series in over 30 years.

In a joint announcement, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed the iconic Border-Gavaskar series will be extended to a five-test format for the upcoming tour.

The extended format promises to be a major highlight of the 2024–25 Australian summer cricket calendar. Both cricket boards expressed their enthusiasm about the change.

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah highlighted the move’s significance, emphasising the board’s commitment to preserving the rich tradition of Test cricket. “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,” Shah said.

Echoing Shah’s sentiments, Cricket Australia Chairman Mike Baird stated that the extension reflects the shared vision of both boards: “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. 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.”

This joint decision by CA and BCCI signifies a huge development, as it’s the first time in over 30 years that India and Australia will battle it out in a five-match Test series. The last time they met for such a long series was way back in the 1991–92 season when Australia emerged victorious 4-0 on home soil.

Both the cricket associations will be looking forward to the series and are hopeful of a watch-worthy season. CA also shared their excitement about hosting the visitors: “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,” Baird concluded.

Last Updated on March 25, 2024