Sydney: Acting Team India captain Ajinkya Rahane has tried to reduce the quarantine controversy. Rahane said his team weren’t bothered by the strict rules, but believed that when life outside the 5-star hotel seemed normal, staying locked in a room was a challenge.
For many days, the news came that the Indian team was unhappy with the quarantine rules in Sydney. Players must stay at the hotel and even stricter rules have been enacted for the fourth test match in Brisbane where players will not be able to leave their rooms.
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Responding to many questions about it, the Indian captain said: “We don’t mind, but yes it is a bit difficult as life seems normal in Sydney. We are not at all bothered because we know what our priorities are here.
It is believed that there will be a bio bubble like IPL in Queensland where players can meet. Rahane, ignoring the news of the tour, made it clear that the team is focused on the third test game from Sydney starting Thursday.
Rahane said: “We are all ready and we want to play good cricket. We know that life is normal in Sydney but the player is limited to his room which is fine. We know how to deal with it and we are ready for any kind of situation.
Rahane said: “We are not complaining about anything and we are just focusing on the game. We want to start well. When Rahane gave the same answer to all quarantine-related questions, he also deferred the question about the possibility of the team returning home after the third test was completed in Sydney.
He said: “ We are players and we are only focusing on this test match and the management will decide. For us, it’s about doing our best on the pitch. The test match starts tomorrow and we want to win the match by doing well as a team.
Senior officials from BCCI and Cricket Australia are talking about possible relief to Queensland players. Rahane said: “If the players are together on the pitch, how can they be confined to the rooms when they reach the hotel. At least they can talk to each other and have a meal together in the evening.