Amid the uncertainty over the future of the fourth Test between India and Australia in Brisbane, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has written to Cricket Australia (CA) expressing their reluctance to play the final match of the series in Brisbane. The recent restrictions imposed by the Queensland government would force the cricketers to undergo stricter quarantine, which the Indians have expressed reservations against.
“The BCCI have formally written to Cricket Australia about the restrictions that will be imposed on the Indian team in Brisbane. They are against that. They’ve been in lockdown for an extended period of time, of course most of these people were playing in the IPL in Abu Dubai and then came here to Australia,” SEN reporter Jimmy Smith said.
The BCCI has further termed the Covid-19 bio-bubble regulations in Brisbane ‘too restrictive’, saying the Indian players want the liberty to walk around like normal people during their stay for the fourth Test.
“So they’re saying ‘nope, too restrictive, once we’ve passed the protocols, why can’t we walk around like the rest of the people in the community. The advice is that they don’t want to go to Brisbane,” added the report.
A section of people at Australia’s end believes that the Indian team is making such excuses because of the hosts’ virtual invincibility at the venue. Australia haven’t lost a single match at the Gabba since 1988 and have won 33 of the 55 matches played there overall.