Cricket Australia is likely to reject BCCI’s plea of a shortened quarantine is likely to be rejected by Cricket Australia as per reports in the Sydney Herald. The players are required to go through a mandatory quarantine period of two weeks before the series starts from December 7. The BCCI has earlier requested Cricket Australia to shorten the quarantine period, which seems unlikely now.
This happened after the Queensland Health officials have said that they are unlikely to accept the request. In the process, they used some stern words to announce their statement.
“Queensland Health is currently assessing an application received from the Indian cricket team. We will work directly with the team as the assessment progresses,” a QH spokeswoman said.
Cricket Australia to Reject BCCI’s Plea For Shortened Quarantine
Meanwhile, the report in the Sydney Herald said that they were bound on asking BCCI to follow the quarantine protocols despite the Indian board being the richest board in the cricketing world.
“Queensland health officials are set to make cricket’s most powerful nation adhere to strict national protocols, details of which have delayed Cricket Australia announcing a revised schedule for its USD 300 million summer,” Sydney Herald reported.
Meanwhile, the BCCI boss Sourav Ganguly had said earlier this year that the reason they requested for a shortened quarantine because they didnt want the players to sit in their hotel for 14 days and do nothing.
“We just hope the number of quarantine days get reduced a bit. Because 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. We are looking at that, the quarantine thing,” Ganguly had said in July.
Meanwhile, December will see the rivalry between India and Australia resume with the Indian team touring down under for a full-length tour. Both teams will play four Test matches along with ODIs and T20Is as well, with the first one being a day-night Test in Adelaide.
This will just be the second day-night Test match for No.1 Test team after they played their first against Bangladesh in Kolkata last year. The tour of Australia will be their first cricketing assignment post the pandemic.
The first of the four Tests will be played in Adelaide from December 17 to 21. Melbourne will host the Boxing Day Test from December 26-30. Sydney will host the third (January 7-11) and Brisbane (January 15-19)the fourth and final Test match.