Sydney: Cricket Australia is eager to have the fourth and last Test match between India and Australia (IND vs AUS) in Brisbane. But problems have increased due to a 3-day new lockdown in the Queensland province capital.
The lockdown was announced less than 24 hours after talks between top cricket officials of India and Australia in Brisbane about exempting the visiting team from strict quarantine rules. According to the predetermined schedule, the fourth Test is to be played in Gaba from January 15.
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Cricket Australia officials are trying to assess the impact on the fourth Test match starting in Gabba starting next week due to the 3-day lockdown. Due to India’s strict biosecurity rules, there was a cloud of apprehension on this match even before hesitation to play in Brisbane.
An employee staying in a quarantine in a hotel has suffered a setback to Cricket Australia’s hopes of ending the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Gabba due to the high infection of the Kovid-19 and new strains found in Britain. Cricket Australia had already allowed 36000 spectators to attend, but this may change under changed circumstances.
The BCCI on Thursday wrote to Cricket Australia in Brisbane to get an exemption from strict quarantine rules. The BCCI also brought his attention to the fact that the Indian team had followed strict quarantine rules as agreed at the beginning of the tour. According to the rules in Brisbane, players have to be confined to their hotel rooms after the day’s play.
Cricket Australia has given verbal assurances to India that an agreement has been reached with the Queensland government according to which players and support staff can meet each other inside the hotel but it has been learned that the BCCI wants written assurances. If the fourth Test match is not held in Brisbane, then this match can only be held in Sydney.