Cricket Australia seeks India’s answers to Gabba Test boycott reports


Rahane refuses to confirm that India will play the fourth test in Brisbane. Tourists in Queensland are disappointed with tight quarantine protocols

Cricket Australia will call for an official comment on the Gabba Test from the Board of Control for Cricket in India as uncertainty persists about the series finale in Brisbane. Comments resurfaced on Thursday that, due to the dissatisfaction over the state’s hotel quarantine protocols, India will push to move the test out of Queensland. During Covid, Australia’s summer of cricket is all about money and power – and men | Megan MauriceRead moreOn Wednesday night, India captain Ajinkya Rahane declined to confirm whether they will play next week in Brisbane, leaving the decision to team management instead. CA, however, has yet to receive a formal BCCI complaint or make an official request for the test to be rescheduled. Spearhead Mitchell Starc told the Seven Network, “We are still definitely planning to play at the Gabba,” On Thursday, CA officials are expected to contact BCCI bosses to seek clarification on the situation that has been simmering for more than a week after exemptions were granted to cross the closed Sydney border into Queensland. Tim Paine admitted Wednesday that he feels unsure about the position for the fourth test because it is likely to happen that India “CA officials are believed to be contacting BCCI bosses on Thursday to seek clarification on the situation, which has been simmering for more than a week after exemptions were granted to cross the closed Sydney border into Queensland. Tim Paine admitted Wednesday he felt uncertain about the venue for the fourth test because India ” “At the toss Thursday, Paine said his team was “happy to play wherever, anywhere.” “Whatever happens off the field between the boards is out of our control,” Paine said.Rahane, who was asked about the speculation Thursday morning, responded, “CA is believed to have proposed its plans to the BCCI on Dec. 29, which included placing players in hotel rooms in Sydney and Brisbane when they were not. CA has not heard anything from its Indian counterpart since then, but has noticed sources in the Indian camp complaining about the Queensland situation. The association wants to know if this is also the view of BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, who was recently hospitalized after a heart ailment, and Secretary Jay Shah. In Sydney and Brisbane, the quarantine conditions are practically the same, with players confined to their hotels but permitted to leave their rooms. The only distinction is that, as opposed to the Queensland government in Brisbane, these criteria are set by the CA in Sydney. Before the series finals begin at the Gabba, where Australia has not lost a test since 1988, the players will spend just two days in Brisbane. India’s biggest concern seems to be that they have already spent two weeks in quarantine upon arrival in Australia and do not understand why there are more restrictions. However, given the recent outbreak and subsequent closure of state borders, the situation in Sydney has changed since that time and since the white-ball games in the area. Rahane pointed out three times Wednesday that India is living in Sydney under tighter conditions than the general public. “It’s a challenge, but we have to face it as a team,” he said. “We are not complaining. The BCCI and the team management will make all the decisions [about Brisbane].”


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