India and Australia are scheduled to play four Tests in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy, as India is defending the title. Meanwhile, the final Test in Brisbane is in doubt, owing to Queensland sealing its borders with New South Wales, which has seen fresh COVID outbreaks.
The ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia is making news for quite a few reasons. Meanwhile, it is the fourth Test in Brisbane that is causing a headache for all.
The Test's venue is in doubt, as Queensland has sealed its border with New South Wales, following fresh COVID outbreaks in the latter. Meanwhile, the sides are currently playing the third Test in Sydney.
As per reports, the Queensland government wants the team to undergo strict 15-day quarantine for the players arriving in the state, before continuing with the fourth Test in Brisbane. Furthermore, the city is also going into a strict three-day lockdown from Friday.
Meanwhile, according to a new report by ESPNCricinfo, the plans to host the fourth Test in Brisbane are on. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has said that there have been positive talks with Cricket Australia (CA), as the teams are likely to travel to the city on Tuesday.
Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had shot a mail to CA, warning that re-entering the quarantine would not be an option for the Indians, having already served a two-week quarantine following their arrival in November. It had also urged CA to continue with the fourth Test in Sydney, if possible. CA has reportedly booked hotels in both the cities during this period.
Speaking on the situation, former Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar, told Channel Seven, "In Sydney, there are people coming to the ground and then going back and having dinner at a restaurant or having a gathering of 20, 30 people in a pub. What they're saying is they should also be allowed to do something similar. You could have a situation where the ball goes into the crowd; somebody from the crowd touches the ball. One can understand that. One can understand why they're feeling that way."
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Last Updated Jan 8, 2021, 12:45 PM IST