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Re-scheduling of series ‘not perfect’: CA chief Sutherland

Re-scheduling of series ‘not perfect’: CA chief Sutherland
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Hughes succumbed to his head injury after being hit by a Sean Abbott bouncer in a domestic game in Sydney last Tuesday. The incident forced CA to postpone the first Test which was earlier slated to be played from December 4 to 9 and switch the venue from Birsbane to Adelaide Oval.

“Normally a program takes 12 months to work through and I think last year had 72 drafts of it. We’ve basically had to reschedule that in a very short space of time. There’s nothing perfect about what we’ve come up with here but we appreciate everyone’s support and understanding in these tragic and extraordinary circumstances,” Sutherland was quoted as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Sutherland is overwhelmed by the level of goodwill from his Indian counterparts, the host broadcasters and other stakeholders as CA scrambled to revamp the series. “I’ve had conversations with chief executives of (our) commercial partners, including broadcasters, who said ‘we completely understand the circumstances you’re in, we should be the last ones you worry about, just get it done and don’t feel any pressure from us. I think that’s been magnificent,” he said.

Sutherland also opined it was ironic that Adelaide, where Hughes relocated to from New South Wales in 2012 to force his way back into the national team, would be the first Test’s venue.
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