BCCI Entitled To Protect Team As The 4th Test At Brisbane Is In Doubt: Sunil Gavaskar
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BCCI Entitled To Protect Team As The 4th Test At Brisbane Is In Doubt: Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar said that the Indian cricketing board BCCI is fully committed to protecting its team amidst concerns over the fourth Test at Gabba in Brisbane due to stringent mandatory quarantine norms and tighter biosecurity restrictions.

Sunil Gavaskar mentioned that players are required to stay in a bubble but the crowds are allowed in the stands despite restrictions on mass gathering at public places.

Sunil Gavaskar,
Sunil Gavaskar. Credits: DNA

Sunil Gavaskar: BCCI Fully Entitled To Protect Indian Team

A full crowd of 36,000 per day had been permitted for the final Test commencing on January 15th. The health scare in the city, however, has left those attending the Test in jeopardy.

A hotel quarantine worker’s positive Covid-19 test to the more contagious UK strain of COVID-19 is the latest hurdle in the works for Cricket Australia’s hopes to close out the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series at the Gabba, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

“In Sydney, there are people coming to the ground and then going back and having dinner at a restaurant or having a gathering of 20, 30 people in a pub,” Sunil Gavaskar said in commentary for Channel Seven on Friday.

“What they’re saying is they should also be allowed to do something similar. You could have a situation where the ball goes into the crowd, somebody from the crowd touches the ball. One can understand that. One can understand why they’re feeling that way.”

Pink Test At Sydney
Pink Test At Sydney (Photo by Mark Metcalfe – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

“The Queensland government is fully entitled to protect its people. Similarly, I believe the Board of Control for Cricket India is fully entitled to protect its team. I think that’s something we should never forget,” Sunil Gavaskar maintained.

Disappointed by the turn of events, the BCCI is rethinking if it should turn the four-Test series into a three-game contest and end it with the Pink Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), which is also a standby venue for holding 4th Test if Brisbane Test doesn’t happen eventually.

BCCI: Comments From Ros Bates Uncalled For And Should Have Been Avoided

Earlier, Queensland’s Health Shadow Minister Ros Bates’ comments regarding stringent quarantine guidelines for the fourth Test in Brisbane did not go down too well with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as it felt that the team’s image was shown in poor light.

Speaking to ANI, a BCCI official in the know of developments over the last few days had said that the comments from her were uncalled for and should have been avoided as BCCI is in good terms and has looked to stand united with Cricket Australia and ensure that the tour goes ahead without any major hurdles.

The official said if a public representative does not want the team to go and play, that is hurtful. The official said propagating a view that the Indian team does not wish to follow rules is sad as he pointed at Rohit Sharma undergoing a 14-day quarantine after landing in Sydney.

With questions raised on whether the Indian team would be willing to follow strict quarantine protocols for the final Test of the series at The Gabba, Bates said: “If the Indians don’t want to play by the rules, don’t come.”

Before the third Test, commenting on the challenges of quarantine, stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane had said: “See, being in quarantine has its own challenges, as a team, we are just focusing on the game, outside life in Sydney is completely normal but the players are in quarantine which has its own challenge but we have to face it.

“We are not complaining and we are focusing on the third Test.”

“We all are prepared, we want to play some good cricket, quarantine life is a challenge, outside life in Sydney is normal but players are stuck to their rooms. But that is okay, we are prepared for any kind of situation, starting from tomorrow, we are focused on playing some good cricket,” Rahane stated. 

Ajinkya Rahane the stand-in skipper said being in quarantine post-COVID-19 has its own challenges but India is focusing on the game and they are not complaining, trying to face the challenges. India are 92/2 after the end of 2nd day’s play in ongoing 3rd Test at Sydney. Australia had scored 338 in 1st innings.