Sydney: Former Team India captain Sunil Gavaskar has said that the BCCI is just protecting its players by demanding exemption in the Quarantine rules before the fourth Test, such as the health of Queensland Officers are authorized to rescue their people in Brisbane, given the recent cases of COVID-19.
The BCCI has already written to Cricket Australia to waive the stringent Quarantine rules in Brisbane and the domestic board has given verbal assurances. However, with a 3-day lockdown in Brisbane, there is a cloud of apprehension over the match starting on 15 January.
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Gavaskar said, ‘The Queensland Government is fully authorized to protect its people. In the same way, I believe that the BCCI is also fully authorized to secure its team. I think we should never forget this thing.
Gavaskar also said, ‘In Sydney, people are coming to the grounds and then going back to dinner in the restaurant or 20 or 30 people are gathering in the pub.’ Sunil Gavaskar said that it is not unreasonable for the Indian team to demand that if the players stay together for 10 hours on the field, they should be allowed to meet each other at least in the hotel.
He said, ‘They are saying that they should also be allowed to meet in the same way. There may also be a situation in front of you in which the ball goes to the audience and someone in the crowd touches the ball. This thing can be understood. It is understandable why they are feeling this way.