Team India reached Sydney on Monday, January 4 ahead of the third Test match which starts from January 7. Meanwhile, they are expected to be following strict quarantine rules, now that BCCI has not given any further updates on moving the fourth Test from Brisbane. They reached Sydney after all the Indian players were tested negative in their recent tests. With no further updates from Cricket Australia’s investigation into the bio-protocol breach by five Indian players, a full-strength team is expected to be in training on Tuesday.
While the BCCI officials spoke about stricter quarantine rules in Brisbane for the fourth Test, a similar bubble has been put together for both teams during their stay in Sydney, too.
With Sydney declaring a few of their areas as COVID hotspots and New South Wales registering seven more positive cases on Monday, players of both teams would not be allowed to move out of their hotel, except for training.
“We speak to our counterparts at the BCCI daily. Everyone is very clear on the expectations of what’s involved. The players are very clear that in Sydney and Brisbane the protocols are that they will be within our exclusive hotel and then at the grounds for training and playing the matches. Both sets of team management and the players will be working to ensure that those protocols are observed appropriately” he told reporters on Monday.
Team India Players Will Not Be Confined To Their Hotel Rooms: Nick Hockley
Hockley further clarified that the players will not be confined to their hotel rooms but can hang around the parameters of the five-star hotel.
“Typically for a Test match, players arrive at the ground between 8 am and 9 am and they are there until 6 or 7 at night, and then it’s back to the hotel to rest and recuperate and they will be able to mix within their groups. So, everyone’s fully across that, and supportive,” he said.
Meanwhile, a few Australian players have tried to get under the skin of the Indian players over their displeasure regarding following the protocols.