BCCI has informed Cricket Australia that their contingent will not travel to Brisbane for the fourth Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy if they have to undergo another hard quarantine, ESPNCricinfo reported.
On Thursday, PTI reported BCCI have sought relaxation in quarantine protocols of Brisbane for the fourth Test to go ahead, reminding the host board that the visitors are done with the strict isolation that was agreed upon at the beginning of the tour.
he ESPNCricinfo report added that a BCCI official pointed out that “while normal life in Australia continued without too many restrictions, asking players to be confined to their rooms in team hotels, did not add up.”
According to PTI, a BCCI executive has written to CA head Earl Eddings citing to him the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two boards on the modalities of the tour which never had any specification on two hard quarantines in separate cities.
From Friday evening, Brisbane enters a three-day lockdown to contain the UK strain of Covid-19 after a quarantine hotel worker tested positive, the Guardian reported. It will end at 6 pm local time on Monday, January 11.
The final Test is due to start on January 15 and the quarantine rules will restrict the players to just their hotel rooms after day’s play.
“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.
“The MoU that was signed never mentioned about two hard quarantines. India have done one hard quarantine in Sydney (practice and back to hotel room).”