Cricket Australia managed to keep the series schedule the same, after talks with government according to Nick Hockley who also revealed that the players would not be bound to their respective hotel rooms.
The players, would in fact be allowed to use the entire hotel’s facility and the training grounds.
Cricket Australia’s CEO Nick Hockley Clarifies Players Will Use Hotel Facility And Training Grounds Instead Of Confined At Rooms
Since the completion of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia in Melbourne which India won, the buzz has been mainly from the off-field issues. First the alleged bio bubble-breach by some Indian players then the visitors wanting the fourth Test to be moved out of Brisbane, as a lot has been said and written with regards to these matters. Amidst the media reports claiming the tourists’ unwillingness to play in Brisbane due to its ‘strict’ Covid-19 guidelines there in Queensland state, Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley has shed light on the matter.
Explaining the daily procedure for the remainder of the two Tests, Cricket Australia’s interim CEO Nick Hockley clarified that BCCI and CA are in regular talks with each other as everyone involved is made clear of protocols.
“We speak to our counterparts at the BCCI daily. Everyone is very clear on the expectations of what’s involved,” he told reporters. “The players are very clear that in Sydney and Brisbane the protocols are that they will be within our exclusive hotel and then at the grounds for training and playing the matches. Both sets of team management and the players will be working to ensure that those protocols are observed appropriately.”
Both Sydney and Brisbane have strict Covid-19 guidelines to adhere due to the recent outbreaks of the dreaded virus. The fate of the third Test at Sydney Cricket Ground was also hanging in balance after the region witnessed a sharp rise in the number of new cases but Cricket Australia decided not to change the original schedule.
Nick Hockley: Cricketers Will Be Able To Mix Within Their Groups
Further divulging details of the daily routine, Nick Hockley said that the players will be allowed to interact with each other and can carry out activities in groups within the boundaries of the hotel before retiring to rest at their respective rooms.
“Typically for a Test match, players arrive at the ground between 8 am and 9 am and they are there until 6 or 7 at night, and then it’s back to the hotel to rest and recuperate and they will be able to mix within their groups. So, everyone’s fully across that, and supportive,” he further said.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also reportedly asked the players involved to stick to the quarantine guidelines for the remainder of the series consisting of 2 Tests. As things stand at the moment, the fourth Test will also be held as scheduled in Brisbane.
A probe is on for the alleged bio bubble breach which is highlighted by media constantly surrounding 5 Indian players who have been cleared to participate as they are found Covid-19 negative after they were kept in isolation.