The Indian touring team continues to test Cricket Australia’s patience amid the COVID-19 crisis, with coach Ravi Shastri walking through the gates of Sydney Cricket Ground today unmasked for his team’s training session.
All of the Indian team’s players wore masks, but Shastri refused, defiantly walking past security guards and into his team’s locker room.
India first found itself in trouble when Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini and Prithvi Shaw were filmed eating at a Melbourne restaurant on New Years Day., violating Cricket Australia’s strict biosecurity protocols.
Each of the five players then tested negative for COVID-19, but the fact that they temptingly approached a Boost Juice kiosk where a coronavirus-positive employee recently worked served as a serious wake-up call.
They even posed for a photo in the shop with members of the public without masks.
Kohli and Pandya were set to return to India after the completion of the T20 series against Australia, with Kohli ending the tour early due to the birth of her first child.
Cricket Australia’s frustration with India escalates further as they do not want the Fourth Test to be played at The Gabba due to the strict quarantine they would face.
An anonymous figure from the Indian camp says they are treated like “zoo animals”.
And Indian team captain Ajinkya Rahane today refused to confirm whether his team will travel to Brisbane for the final test.
“As players – we are only focusing on this test match. The management of the Indian team – will make the decisions,” said Rahane.
“For us as players, it’s about giving our best on the pitch.
“The test match starts tomorrow so we’re just focusing on that and we want to do well.”
It should be noted that Australia has not lost a test at The Gabba since 1988 and India has never won it, prompting many to question the real reason for the reluctance of the India to get to Brisbane.
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