BCCI has agreed to play the fourth Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Brisbane commencing on 15th January but with an additional condition.
BCCI has asked CA to ensure that the Indian team does not stay back in Brisbane for even a day after the Test finishes on 19th January.
BCCI Told CA That Arrangements Should Be Made So That Team Don’t Stay Back In Brisbane After The Test Ends
BCCI’s latest communication with CA over the fate of the Test match mentions that BCCI wants the team to depart immediately as soon as Test ends on January 19th even ruling out the possibility of the overnight stay.
“The Indian team will play the fourth Test in Brisbane. But BCCI has told CA that arrangements for the team’s return to India should be made in a way that the team doesn’t have to stay back unnecessarily after the Test ends. The team’s departure should be immediate.
“If possible, they should cut out even the possibility of an overnight stay. The first flight back should be arranged. This is besides the request to allow the players to move freely in the hotel,” a senior BCCI official said on Saturday.
“We never objected to playing in Brisbane or any health protocol. The Test is very much on. At the moment, CA is working out the logistics with the local government and getting a clarity on the three-day lockdown imposed in Queensland,” the board official added.
Although the third and penultimate Test match at Sydney hasn’t got over, the fate of the fourth and final Test was under the scanner for India’s reservations travelling in Brisbane for strict quarantine rules in Queensland. The Indian board however finally agreed to send India to Brisbane besides asking Cricket Australia that visitors are out of the city as soon as match concludes.
BCCI Confirms Fans Will Not Be Allowed In Stadiums For England’s Tour Of India
Meanwhile, BCCI confirmed fans will not be allowed in the stadiums for England’s full tour of India. There was speculation that the Indian board may allow a small percentage of stadium capacity with the Covid-19 pandemic slowing down in the country and even movie theatres opening up.
“The teams will be in hard quarantine. BCCI doesn’t want to take any chance with the home season so close. So, crowds will not be allowed,” the official said.
It is also learnt from sources that Indian team players will be allowed to go to their respective homes for a few days before getting into the bio bubble for the home series against England, which begins in Chennai in the first week of February. England will play 4 Tests- first 2 at Chennai and next 2 at Ahmedabad, 5 T20Is at Ahmedabad and 3 ODIs at Pune. The Tests start on 5th February while T20Is start 12th March and ODIs start 23rd March.