India's tour of Australia begun on a unauspicious note as a light plane carrying two individuals crashed at a sporting field in Cromer Park in Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. The plane crash occurred 30 km away from Sydney Olympic Park where the Indian cricket team have been stationed. Cricket and football matches were underway when the plane careened into the field, just missing a sporting shed where about a dozen people were gathered. The players ran helter-skelter on seeing the plane approaching.
Senior VP of Cromer Cricket Club, Greg Rollins, informed, “I yelled out to the guys in the shed, I just said run. They started running.” An eyewitness, Scott Scott Manning emphasized that there was a situation of panic when the plane came extremely close. He said, “I ran screaming and he [the pilot] somehow just got over the top of that shed. That would have taken out, I’m sure, 12 people. ”During the incident, the two occupants of the plane escaped narrowly despite sustaining injuries. It is now believed that the plane belonged to a nearby flying school. The pilot had reportedly lost control of the plane after its engine stopped working mid-air. While the pilot, in his 30s, was being treated for spinal injuries at the Northern Beaches Hospital, the passenger is suspected to have broken bones and a compound fracture. He is currently undergoing treatment at the Westmead hospital.
The all-format bilateral series between India and Australia will get underway with the 3-match ODIs, followed by as many T20 internationals (T20Is) and four Test matches. The mega sporting tour is slated to be held in November'20 to January'21. India's tour of Australia will get underway with the first ODI scheduled to be held on November 27 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The second ODI as well with the third and final encounter is set to be played at the Manuka Oval in Canberra (2 December). After the culmination of the ODI series, the 'Men In Blue' and 'Green and Gold' Brigade will lock horns in the three-match T20I series in Canberra (4 December) and Sydney (6,8 December). The last leg of the tour will witness the two teams locking horns in 4-match Test series, to be held at the Adelaide Oval from December 17.