Ishant Sharma has to board the flight to Australia immediately to make things happen, but Rohit Sharma as of now is not scheduled to fly out.
Ravi Shastri: The Duo Must Be On The Flight In Next 3-4 Days To Play Test Series
Earlier Team India head coach Ravi Shastri too had said that things will be tough if the duo does not reach Australia in time to play in Test series and practice matches.
“If you need to play in the Test series or any red-ball cricket, you’ve got to be on the flight in the next three or four days. If you aren’t, then it’s going to be tough,” Shastri had said.
A report in ESPNcricinfo has claimed that Rohit Sharma will not fly out before the second week of December which means he will not be available for selection for the first two Tests. The Indian team are now in a spot of bother with the status of Ishant Sharma and Rohit Sharma’s availability as both the cricketers are yet to arrive in Australia and hence are already ruled out of the first two Test matches of the four-match series.
Sourav Ganguly Will Be Negotiating With Cricket Australia About Relaxation In Quarantine Rules
News agency ANI has quoted BCCI sources which told the agency that the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly will be at the forefront of the negotiations.
“The BCCI president will be speaking to his counterpart at Cricket Australia and a decision will be reached after their meeting. The current quarantine guidelines might make it impossible for the two to reach Australia and be a part of the Test series as under existing rules, they will need to completely isolate themselves and cannot train in the quarantine period. The rest of the Indian cricketers were allowed to train during the quarantine period because they moved from one bubble – in Dubai – to the other – in Sydney. So, a relaxation will be needed if the two are to be a part of the Test series,” the sources said.
Now with the situation getting out of hands, BCCI has opted to negotiate the 14-day quarantine period which is mandatory for every traveller entering Australia from abroad. India and Australia will play 4 Tests after the completion of 3 ODIs and as many T20Is.
Sourav Ganguly, who managed a smooth IPL 2020 will ensure that the duo will not stay 14 days under isolation and spend fewer days instead under quarantine norms in Australia.