Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley on Monday dismissed reports that the Indian team is reluctant to play the fourth Test in Brisbane due to tougher quarantine regulations there. Hockley said the Indian cricket board was “completely over (and) supportive” of the quarantine requirements in Queensland. “We are speaking to our counterparts at the BCCI,” he told reporters in Sydney.
“We haven’t had anything formal from the BCCI to suggest anything other than being supportive. Both teams wanted to play the schedule as we’ve outlined,” he said.
The third test in the series of four matches is scheduled for Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The series is currently locked at 1-1.
The fourth game is scheduled for January 15 at Gabba in Brisbane.
Australian media has claimed the Brisbane Test is in jeopardy due to tourists’ reluctance to travel there in the face of tougher quarantine regulations, having already served one upon entering Australia in November.
The reports, citing unnamed sources, claimed the Indian team wanted the fourth test to be held in Sydney as well.
Queensland has closed its borders to people traveling from New South Wales, of which Sydney is the capital, due to the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the city and surrounding areas.
Both the Indian and Australian teams traveled to Sydney on Monday after all their players and support staff returned negative in the final round of COVID-19 testing.
Hockley’s statement came two days after five Indian players – deputy captain Rohit Sharma, opener Shubman Gill, stumper Rishabh Pant, pacemaker Navdeep Saini and batsman Prithvi Shaw – were placed in isolation for an alleged breach of biosecurity protocols.
Cricket Australia said in a press release that it is investigating the matter with the BCCI after a video of the players in an indoor restaurant was posted by a fan, who identified himself on Twitter as Navaldeep Singh.
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