The Indian and Australian national cricket teams are entirely focused on the third Test which started in Sydney on Thursday but in the hindsight, the danger of the fourth Test being suspended is looming large. After the Indian team expressed their reservations over undergoing another stricter quarantine in Brisbane for the fourth Test, the matter has triggered a huge controversy.
At the pre-match press conference, India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane also refused to confirm whether the Indian team will play the Brisbane Test, leaving the final decision in the hands of the board.
“It is a challenge, but we have to face it as a team,” Rahane had said. “We’re not complaining or anything. The BCCI and team management will make any decisions [about Brisbane].”
Now, as per a report in stuff.co.nz, Cricket Australia is set to formally seek clarity with the BCCI on the matter after coming across reports claiming that the tourists are looking to push the final Test away from Brisbane.
Though the reports of the BCCI and the Indian team being unhappy with the bio-bubble restrictions in Queensland have been doing rounds for days, the CA hasn’t yet received an official complaint from the Indian board on the matter.
Australia skipper Tim Paine even took a subtle dig at the Indian team saying that they “hold a lot of power in world cricket, it’s likely that it could happen”.
The matter is possibly being stretched since the BCCI boss Sourav Ganguly is currently hospitalised having had a minor heart attack a few days ago.
As far as the quarantine conditions in Brisbane are concerned, the players would be confined to the boundaries of their hotels, as per the recent restrictions being imposed by the Queensland government.