Sydney: Cricket Australia is desperate for the fourth and final test match between India and Australia (IND vs AUS) in Brisbane. But problems have increased due to a new 3-day lockdown in the provincial capital of Queensland.
The lockdown was announced less than 24 hours after top cricketing officials from India and Australia held talks in Brisbane to exempt the visiting team from strict quarantine rules. According to the predetermined schedule, the fourth Test is to be played in Gaba from January 15th.
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Cricket Australia officials are trying to assess the impact on the fourth test match at Gabba from next week due to a 3-day lockdown. Due to India’s strict biosecurity rules, there was a cloud of apprehension over this game even before the reluctance to play in Brisbane.
An employee who remains in quarantine at a hotel has suffered a setback in Cricket Australia’s hopes of securing Cricket Australia’s Border-Gavaskar trophy due to the heavy Kovid-19 infection and new strains found in Britain. Cricket Australia had already allowed 36,000 spectators to attend, but that could change under different circumstances.
The BCCI wrote to Cricket Australia in Brisbane on Thursday seeking an exemption from the strict quarantine rules. The BCCI also drew its attention that the Indian team followed strict quarantine rules as agreed at the start of the tour. Under Brisbane rules, players must be confined to their hotel rooms after the day’s game.
Cricket Australia has given verbal assurances to India that an agreement has been made with the Queensland government whereby players and support staff can meet inside the hotel, but it has been learned that the BCCI wanted written assurances. If the fourth test match does not take place in Brisbane, that match can only take place in Sydney.