Threat looms large over 4th Test after a 3-day lockdown was imposed in Brisbane which was announced less than 24 hours after top cricket board officials from the two teams India and Australia were engaged in a discussion on the relaxation of hard quarantine norms for the visitors India.
A new three-day lockdown in Brisbane has put Cricket Australia in a spot of bother as it makes desperate efforts to hold the fourth and final Test against India in the Queensland state capital from January 15 onwards.
Brisbane Imposes Three-Day Lockdown, Cricket Australia Tries To Determine Its Impact
The Lockdown was announced less than a day after top cricket board officials from the two teams were engaged in a discussion on the relaxation of hard quarantine measures for the visitors who are reluctant to go to Brisbane for fear of being confined to their hotel rooms.
“Cricket Australia executives are urgently trying to determine the impact of a three-day lockdown in Brisbane on next week’s fourth Test at the Gabba, which was already under a cloud because of India’s hesitation to fly north and be subjected to tighter bio-security restrictions,” the newspaper reported.
“A hotel quarantine worker’s positive test to the more contagious UK strain of COVID-19 is the latest spanner in the works for CA’s hopes to close out the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series at the Gabba,” it further wrote.
While Cricket Australia were ready to allow a capacity crowd of 36,000 for the fourth Test, the fluid health situation might warrant a change in the spectator policy.
“The health scare in the city, however, has left those attendance caps in jeopardy,” the newspaper stated.
On Thursday, BCCI wrote to CA seeking relaxation in hard quarantine protocol of Brisbane, reminding the host board that the visitors have already completed the quarantine duration that was mutually agreed upon at the beginning of the tour.
Brisbane Test: Cricket Australia Assures Indians Of Deal Signed By Queensland Government
The quarantine rules in Brisbane will restrict the players to confine in their hotel rooms after the day’s play. CA, though, has already verbally assured the Indians that “a deal” has been signed off by the Queensland government allowing players and staff out of their rooms to mingle together inside the hotel when they are not playing or training and it will remain in place for their week in the city.
However, it is learnt that BCCI wants a written assurance on the matter. In case, Brisbane can’t host the Test after failing to satisfy the Indian team to lessen the duration of quarantine or Indians refuse to travel, Sydney will be the backup venue.