- The fourth match of the Test series between India and Australia is to be played in Brisbane
- Here BCCI has written to Cricket Australia to give relief in Quarantine rules
- The BCCI says that the agreement did not mention such quarantine rules.
- In Brisbane, players will have to be confined to their hotel rooms after the day’s play
The Cricket Board of India (BCCI) has written to Cricket Australia (CA) on Thursday to give relief to the stringent quarantine protocol in Brisbane for the fourth Test. It reminded the host board that the visiting team had followed strict quarantine rules as agreed at the start of the tour. It is learned that a top BCCI executive cited CA chief Erl Eddings as an agreement signed by the two boards on the modalities of the tour, with no mention of the two stringent quarantine protocols in different cities.
The Brisbane Test will start from 15 January and according to the Quarantine rules players will have to be confined to their hotel rooms after the day’s play. A senior BCCI official said, “Discussions are still going on but today the BCCI has formally sent a letter demanding relief for its players in the strict quarantine rules for the match to be held in Brisbane.” The official said, “The agreement signed did not mention the two strict quarantines. India followed a strict quarantine in Sydney (in which the players went straight to the hotel room after practice).
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What has the BCCI demanded while addressing the grievances of its players and what is the Queensland health authorities at the moment? So he said, ‘The demand of BCCI is simple. Players want to meet each other inside the hotel bio-bubble as they used to do during the Indian Premier League (IPL). They want to have dinner with each other inside the hotel and sit together with the team. This is not a big demand. ‘
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The rules of bio bubble are therefore ridiculous
As far as the information of CA is concerned, it has said that players can meet each other outside their rooms but only those who have stayed on one floor. Players who have stayed on two different floors cannot come in contact with each other, which many found ridiculous. He said, ‘The BCCI has told the CA that relaxation in the quarantine rules should be given in writing. After arriving in Sydney from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), there were police officers on each floor in India’s strict Quarantine to ensure that there was no violation of the biosafety protocol. ‘
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He said, “Hopefully, if the team reaches Brisbane, nothing of the sort will happen.” We want to have a bio-bubble like IPL. ‘ The Indian players have been kept at the Hotel Quarantine for the ongoing third Test in Sydney and captain Ajinkya Rahane has expressed his displeasure by saying that it was ‘challenging to stay in the hotel’ at a time when the city from outside looked ‘normal’. If the Queensland authorities do not relent, the fourth Test could be played in Sydney on the same date, but it is unlikely as the round of negotiations continues.