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Brisbane Test uncertain after team India denies being in strict quarantine again

January 3, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

The Indian cricket team has made it clear that they would want some freedom in Australia for the remaining series. The Number 3 ranked side has also declared its hesitance to travel to Brisbane for the four-match series final Test. The team's denial is because of more restrictions that will be imposed on them.

The Indian side has been travelling for quite some time now. The bubble life begun for the side in September during the 13th IPL edition was played in the UAE. Now, the men in blue have spent more than three and a half months inside a bio bubble. They have several restrictions imposed on them since then.

In a conversation with Cricbuzz, a source from the Indian team had mentioned that life inside the bubble for the players has not been smooth. He also added that the quarantine for the Indian players started in Dubai for the IPL. This further continued in Sydney where the team was made to quarantine for another two weeks. The source also made it apparent that the visitors do not want another quarantine as the Australian tour is about to end.

The team management has also proposed that they prefer to play both the remaining Tests in a single city. It will get easier to head back home instead of once again being stuck in quarantine. 

The Indian side expects to be treated as normal Australians

The source also claimed that the Indian team would like to be treated as normal Australians. The Australian team has already completed its rigid quarantine in Sydney after landing in Australia last November. On the other end, the Indian team has provided their full co-operation concerning following all the rules.

He signed off by clarifying that the Indian team would not like to be into another severe bubble at Brisbane. He also stated that the men in blue had not raised any issues while being on tour so far.

Both the team players are to leave for Sydney on Monday. On Saturday, Cricket Australia claimed that five India Test players had been placed in isolation. This included vice-captain Rohit Sharma. An investigation is going to take place into a possible breach of COVID-19 bio-security protocol.

In the current circumstances, India will play the third Test match at Sydney from 7th January. However, the fourth and final Test will take place at The Gabba in Brisbane from January 15th.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth