Team India denied playing the fourth and final Test match in Brisbane as it would extend their mandatory quarantine period after reaching home. A BCCI official confirmed the same to Cricbuzz in an interaction. Now the Queensland government has made a stern response to the team’s reluctance to not travel to Brisbane for the final Test. The fourth Test is scheduled to be played at The Gabba from January 15.
According to credible sources, the Ajinkya Rahane led-team expressed its reluctance to travel to Brisbane for the final Test match if there were asked to undertake quarantine again. The Queensland government in response has said that if the Indian team cannot follow the rules they better not come.
Queensland Government Responds To India’s Reluctance To Play in Brisbane
“If the Indians don’t want to play by the rules, don’t come,” said Ros Bates, who is the state’s Health Shadow Minister. The final Test of the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy is scheduled to be contested at The Gabba in Brisbane from January 15-19.
Today I was asked about reports the Indian Cricket Team wants quarantine restrictions eased just for them, ahead of the upcoming Gabba Test. My response 👇 #Cricket #IndiavsAustralia @ICC @CricketAus pic.twitter.com/MV7W0rIntM
— Ros Bates MP (@Ros_Bates_MP) January 3, 2021
Previously the BCCI clarified that they would not entail any more quarantine period after the mandatory quarantine they completed upon reaching Australia. This is the reason why they are not willing to travel to Queensland which might put them in another mandatory quarantine period once the series is complete and they reach home.
A BCCI official spoke to Cricbuzz saying that they are against getting into another mandatory quarantine period after completing one hard bubble for nearly a month.
“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,” said a BCCI official.
Meanwhile, the Indian team is going rough a rough patch in Australia at the moment due to being in news for all the wrong reasons.