Rahane responds to reports of India being unhappy over bio-secure protocols in Sydney
Earlier, there were reports and speculations that Team India expressed their unwillingness to travel to Queensland for the fourth Test match. The report added that players were keen to play the final Test in Brisbane owing to strict quarantine procedures.
As per the new rules framed by the city’s governing body, anyone who wishes to travel to Queensland from Sydney needs to be isolated for up to 14 days.
The report went on to add saying that the Indian team management was not keen to go through another quarantine spell after already undergoing once upon arriving in Australia. Meanwhile, the reports also suggested that the visiting team was unhappy with the bio-secure protocols for them in Sydney.
When India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane addressed the reporters ahead of SCG Test, he was asked regarding the same. Rahane immediately rubbished such reports while also conceding that the situation is uneasy for the entire time.
We are not at all annoyed: Rahane
The stand-in captain added that the current situation is challenging. He also expressed some concerns over the city life in New South Wales but made it clear that they are not annoyed over the situation.
“We know that life in Sydney is normal but players are stuck in their rooms – which is okay. We know how to handle it and we are prepared for any kind of situation. It’s about being in the moment and playing some good cricket,” Ajinkya Rahane said.
“We are not at all annoyed but yes there are some challenges in quarantine as life in Sydney is completely normal. We’re not all annoyed and we know what’s our priority here…We’re all prepared and we want to play some good cricket,” he added in a statement.
Rahane also added that he and the team aren’t really bothered what’s happening outside. He said they are very much focused on giving everything on the field. “We as players are just focusing on this Test match and management, they will take the decision. For us, it’s all about giving our best on the field. We want to do well as a team and win the third Test,” Rahane stated.
Team India’s playing XI for the third Test
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini