The possibility of the fourth test of the 2020/21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Gaba, Brisbane appears to be uncertain as soon as members of the Indian cricket team have expressed concerns about city travel taking into account the strict Covid protocol. It was deployed in the state of Queensland. According to Cricbuzz’s report, team executives don’t want to accept any additional restrictions on mentally exhausted players, and if players get stuck in their room, the team won’t travel.
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“You can see we quarantined for 14 days in Dubai and another 14 days before landing in Sydney. That means we’ve been in a tough bubble for almost a month before coming out. What we don’t want right now is to be quarantined again at the end of the tour,” a source from the Indian team told Cricbuzz.
India has already performed 14 days of mandatory quarantine upon arrival, including those who joined the squad late, such as Rohit Sharma. Sources have made it clear that the Indian contingent has been cooperating with protocols put forward by Cricket Australia and other state governments, but the idea of other possible quarantines is too much to handle and would prefer the last two tests. It will be held at the same place, the Sydney Cricket Ground.
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“We don’t want to go to Brisbane if it means we’re stuck in a hotel again except going to the ground. Instead, we don’t mind being in a different city, we play both test matches there, complete the series and return home,” the source added.
“We understand the complexity of what’s happening right now. Cricket Australia and we have worked together at every stage regarding following the protocol within the bubble. However, with completion of the initial containment in Sydney, we expected it to be treated in the same vein as the’normal Australian’ in terms of restrictions.”
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News agency The Australian has already heard news that Australian players will be restricted to their rooms when they are not playing or training, but the Indian contingent has yet to receive such updates. It also reports that Australian team members’burned’ due to the development.
The team currently in Melbourne will be flying to Sydney on Monday and after the third test. According to the original itinerary, they had to travel to Queensland, but development has now cast a shadow over its possibilities. Queensland is recovering from a surge in COVID-19 cases with border restrictions in New South Wales.