Cricket Australia chief govt Nick Hockley on Monday dismissed stories that the Indian team is reluctant to play the fourth Test in Brisbane due to stricter quarantine guidelines there. Hockley stated the Indian cricket board was “fully across (and) supportive” of quarantine necessities in Queensland. “We speak to our counterparts at the BCCI daily,” he instructed reporters in Sydney.
“We’ve had nothing formal from the BCCI to suggest anything other than they’re supportive. Both teams have wanted to play the schedule as we’ve set out,” he stated.
The third Test in the four-match series is scheduled to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground from Thursday. The collection is presently locked at 1-1.
The fourth recreation is due from January 15 on the Gabba in Brisbane.
The Australian media has claimed that the Brisbane Test is in jeopardy due to the vacationers’ reluctance to journey there in view of more durable quarantine guidelines, having already served one upon coming into Australia in November.
The stories, citing unnamed sources, claimed that the Indian crew needed the fourth Test to be additionally held in Sydney.
Queensland has closed its borders for individuals travelling from New South Wales, of which Sydney is the capital, as a result of rising circumstances of COVID-19 within the metropolis and surrounding areas.
Both the Indian and Australian groups travelled to Sydney on Monday in any case their gamers and help employees returned unfavorable in newest spherical of COVID-19 checks.
Hockley’s assertion got here two days after 5 Indian gamers — vice-captain Rohit Sharma, opener Shubman Gill, stumper Rishabh Pant, pacer Navdeep Saini and batsman Prithvi Shaw — have been positioned in isolation for an alleged breach of bio-security protocols.
Cricket Australia, in a media launch, stated it’s probing the matter collectively with the BCCI after a video of the gamers at an indoor restaurant was posted by a fan, who recognized himself as Navaldeep Singh on Twitter.
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