The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has written to Cricket Australia (CA) urging to relax quarantine restrictions in Brisbane when the team travels there for the fourth and final Test of the series against the hosts. The Indian cricket board has let their Australian counter-part know of some of the demands from the cricketers, including their wish to have face-to-face meetings as well as having meals together.
The Indain cricketers are also not in favor of staying in isolation on different floors. The BCCI has requested a bio-bubble like the one it had facilitated in the United Arab Emirates for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2020. The BCCI has asked written permission from CA for the relaxation of quarantine rules in Brisbane.
Accoridng to the recent turn of events, Queensland has closed its borders for the people traveling from New South Wales, of which Sydney is the capital, due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in the city and surrounding areas. The teams are currently playing the third Test in Sydney and will have to go through a strict quarantine according to current rules.
Speaking to the media ahead of the third Test, India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane said that the players were not annoyed, but quarantine did provide its set of challenges.
During the virtual press conference ahead of the Sydney Test, “We are not at all annoyed but yes there are some challenges in quarantine as life in Sydney is completely normal. We all are prepared and we want to play some good cricket. We know that life in Sydney is normal but players are stuck in their rooms which is okay. First thing first, we are not complaining about anything and we are just focussed on the game. Just want to start well.”