Byline By- Vinayak Heliwal
Ahead of the third and penultimate Test between India and Australia, there has been no end to the controversies in the ongoing series between the two competitive Cricketing giants.
Earlier on January 2, news of a five Indian players including Rohit Sharma, Shubhman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and Navdeep Saini breaching the COVID-19 bio bubble protocol came forward and the players are now kept in isolation.
Following this, now it is being reported that The Indian cricket team is not keen on traveling to Brisbane after the third Test match against Australia due to the quarantine restrictions that will be imposed on them yet again.
According to the Covid rules, the government of Queensland will put both the teams in mandatory 14 days isolation upon arrival in Brisbane for the fourth Test at the Gabba which starts from January 15.
The players were coming to their hotel rooms for the same duration upon arrival in Sydney from the IPL 2020 in UAE hence they don’t want to repeat the same experience even though the BCCI hasn’t made any request to Cricket Australia regarding the same.
“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,” a source in the Indian team 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,” he added.
The Sydney Cricket Ground will be kept on standby for the Final Test if the Indian team refuses to travel to Brisbane.
Meanwhile, The series stands level at 1-1 after India bounced back from the Adelaide defeat to beat Australia by 8 wickets in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne last week.