Australia vs India: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in talks with Cricket Australia for quarantine relaxation for the fourth test. BCCI as reported on Thursday wrote to CA for some ease in the strict quarantine protocols for the Brisbane Test, as the players have undergone strict isolation before the series.
As per the reports, BCCI has written to the Cricket Australia head Earl Eddings on Thursday. BCCI top executives pointed out the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by both the boards before the start of the tour. There were no specifications in the MoU about the two strict quarantine in the two cities.
The fourth and last test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy will begin from 15th January and according to strict protocols, the player will have to be inside the hotel room after the play of the day.
“The discussions are still on but today BCCI has formally sent a letter seeking relaxation of hard quarantine for its players if they are to have the match in Brisbane,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.
“Both the boards had earlier signed the Memorandum of Understanding and it never specified any such modalities about the strict protocols. We have already done one strict quarantine in Sydney (practice and then back to the hotel room),” he added.
What Indian player’s want from Cricket Australia?
BCCI also mentioned what they and their players needed with Cricket Australia. What are the grievances BCCI wants CA to improve?
“The demands from our side are simple and do not need any such complications. The players want to be together inside the hotel room just like we did in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Everyone wants to have their meals together and want to have a team meeting together. That’s pretty simple, that’s not a big demand,” BCCI official informed.
As per the rules of Cricket Australia, players can meet each other outside their rooms but only those are allowed who are residing on the same floor. Players from two different floors are restricted to mingle, which seems ridiculous to many players.
“The Indian board has asked CA to give the relaxation permission in writing. During India’s quarantine in Sydney, there were some cops who used to keep an eye if there is a breach in the bio-secure bubble protocols.”