"At least 25 per cent crowds", that's David Warner's wish for when his countrymen arrange post the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 to take on India in a much-anticipated Test series at home.
The Australian opener is excited to renew the longstanding rivalry for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with the Indians, who are also set to play some limited-overs games on the trip down under.
"Well, I am looking forward to the tour which will be a great battle between two very highly competitive teams. And, I hope at least 25 per cent crowds will be allowed as was the case with some football matches. That will be fantastic," Warner said during a virtual media interaction, as quoted by PTI.
The COVID-19 pandemic remains a major hurdle to return of crowds in sports stadiums.
As per a report by Associated Press, Daniel Andrews, the Victoria state Premier, said on Monday (September 14) that his government was in detailed negotiations with Cricket Australia (CA) to come up with ways through which some crowd can attend the Boxing Day Test in Victoria.
Given the state has dealt with a dangerous second wave of the outbreak, however, it'll only be challenging to have people walking through the gates and filling-up stands while also ensuring there is no further viral spread.
India's tour is set to be conducted within bio-secure bubbles across major venues. Warner, who is currently living in one in UAE as the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain, said it's certainly very different and difficult to be training, playing cricket in such an environment.
The IPL 2020 is being held across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah with strict guidelines and protocols in place for players, support staff and the rest of the touring franchise officials.
"It is difficult for some to be away from their families for such a long time. But, I do believe once the event starts, the players will be more focussed on the game. I think the BCCI and the hosts here have done a fantastic job to get the IPL going," said Warner.
"All the players have to do is to be smart, look after their mental aspect well by doing small things to be fresh for any challenges."
"You play the game as the rest of things are being taken care off in these testing times during the pandemic. With no crowds at the ground which any team would miss, everyone will stay in a competitive frame of mind once the event gets along," he added.