Team India receives strict warning from Queensland government
The ongoing Border Gavaskar Trophy series is level at 1-1. The hosts got the better of the visitors in the Adelaide Test. The visitors made a stellar rebound from the debacle to give the Aussies a taste of their own medicine in Melbourne Test. Now, both the teams are gearing up for the third Test which will be played on January 7 at the SCG.
Ahead of the third Test, there were reports and widespread speculations that Indian players are unwilling to travel to Brisbane for the 4th Test match. A report in Cricbuzz stated that senior Indian cricketers believe further restrictions would have a negative impact on mentally exhausted professionals.
Earlier, in July 2020, the BCCI head Sourav Ganguly added that the team would jet off to Australia but had also asked the local board to keep short quarantine periods for Indian cricketers. “We don’t want the players to go all that far and sit in hotel rooms for two weeks. It is very, very depressing and disappointing,” he had said.
Meanwhile, a source inside the Indian team stating the media house that they are reluctant to travel to Brisbane. “If you look at it, we were quarantined for 14 days in Dubai before landing in Sydney and doing so for another 14 days. That means we were in a hard bubble for nearly a month before coming out. What we don’t want now is to quarantine again at the end of the tour,” the source told Cricbuzz.
“We aren’t keen on going to Brisbane if it means being stuck in the hotel again, except for going to the ground. Instead, we don’t mind being in some other city, playing both Test matches there to complete the series and returning home,” the source added.
“All we’re saying is the boys have been in various states of lockdowns and bubbles for nearly six months now. And it’s not been easy for anyone. If you look at it, we are one of only two teams who have had zero issues while being on a tour during this pandemic. After all this time, what we don’t want is to be sent into another hard bubble, which seems will be the case in Brisbane.”
India receives a strict warning
Amid reports of India’s unwillingness to travel to Brisbane, Queensland Government gave a huge warning to Team India. Reacting to India’s unwillingness, Shadow Minister Ros Bates told 7News that- “If the Indians don’t want to play by the rules, don’t come,”
Speaking about Bates comments, Shadow Sports Minister, Tim Mander has said: “If the Indian cricket team wants to spit the dummy and disregard quarantine guidelines in Brisbane for the fourth Test, then they shouldn’t come. The same rules must apply to everyone. Simple,” Mander said.
Team India Test squad:
Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan