The Brisbane Test will go ahead as planned with Cricket Australia interim chief Nick Hockley confirming that India have agreed to travel to Queensland for the final destination of their tour putting an end to speculations.
The website further reports that the Brisbane Cricket Ground in Woolloongabba will allow 50 per cent of the crowd capacity with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announcing the end of Brisbane’s three-day lockdown, after no cases of the Covid-19 were reported in the area.
The Brisbane Test Will Be At Gabba As Planned: Cricket Australia Interim Chief Nick Hockley
The Queensland government announced on Monday that the three-day lockdown of greater Brisbane imposed to contain an outbreak of a more contagious strain of COVID-19 would end at 6 pm local time (0800 GMT). State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also announced that the crowd for the 42,000-capacity Gabba ground would be capped at 50% for the final Test match of the India series, which starts on Friday, 15th January.
“The fourth Test will be at the Gabba as planned,” Cricket Australia interim chief Nick Hockley said on SEN on Monday morning as quoted by Fox Cricket. “I had a call last night from the BCCI secretary and he confirmed we are good to travel to Brisbane on Tuesday,” he further added.
Earlier, BCCI agreed to play the Brisbane Test, the 4th and final one of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Brisbane commencing on 15th January but with an additional condition.
The Brisbane Test Was In Doubt For Stringent Quarantine Norms
BCCI has asked CA to ensure that the Indian team does not stay back in Brisbane for even a day after the Test match ends on 19th January. Doubts were lingering over the Brisbane 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 quarantine norms.
Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s interim CEO has dismissed speculation that India is considering a boycott of the 4th Test in Brisbane as they need to re-enter strict quarantine conditions.
The Indian team was reluctant towards travelling to Brisbane, while some members of the Queensland government came up with a statement saying India is more than welcome not to enter the Queensland state. On the other hand, Australia was rather keen on travelling there and finish the series. For the record, Australia have not lost a Test there since 1988.