The Indian cricket team, which landed in Brisbane for the fourth and final Test against Australia on Tuesday, was lodged in a hotel that lacked basic facilities prompting an intervention from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, according to multiple reports.
The trip to Brisbane was already under the scanner due to Queensland’s strict coronavirus protocols but some exceptions were made for the visiting Indian team.
“There was no room service or housekeeping facilities. The gym is very basic and not of international standards and the swimming pool can’t be accessed. This wasn’t what they were promised when they checked in,” a senior BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
According to a report by ESPNCricinfo, the players were upset with the conditions and not informed that the team hotel would be in a DIY (Do-It-Yourself), which includes cleaning their own room, no room service and ordering food on apps if they wanted something specific.
PTI reported that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah and CEO Hemang Amin got in touch with their Cricket Australia counterparts after complaints reached them and have been assured that the Indian contingent will be made to feel comfortable from here on.
India will be playing the fourth Test in the Queensland capital from January 15 where the surge of Covid-19 cases and a border lockdown with New South Wales has led to a strict hotel quarantine for the Ajinkya Rahane-led team.
Asked if the players were being allowed to mingle, the Board source said: “Yes, they have been provided with a team room and are allowed to meet each other inside the hotel.”