Indian officials have reportedly told Cricket Australia they do not want to play the fourth test in Brisbane due to fears the highly contagious British strain of COVID-19 could jeopardize their home streak against England.
The Australian reported that Indian officials have also expressed concerns “about traveling to a city that is currently in a hard lockdown” but were ready to play the fourth test in another location.
India is currently in trouble after three days of third test in Sydney, with the Border-Gavaskar series locked in at 1-1.
India has also filed a racial abuse complaint against star players Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. spectators in what is becoming a highly charged and volatile situation.
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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ordered further restrictions and urgent contact tracing is underway after it was confirmed, a quarantine hotel worker who tested positive for coronavirus contracted the virulent UK strain of the virus.
“Cricket Australia is however confident that the tour will continue,” The Australian reported.
“The latest objection comes after the Indian camp tried to use the changes in hotel restrictions as an objection to traveling to Brisbane.
“Cricket Australia had just allayed India’s concerns over quarantine deals in Brisbane before BCCI changed course.
Australia’s interim Cricket chief Nick Hockley held an ad hoc post-strains meeting with Indian team officials over the fence at SCG last night, with a final decision on the fate of the Gabba Test looming. “
Hockley and Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings have been locked in urgent talks with BCCI boss Sourav Ganguly, who was released from hospital after a heart attack and is now helping to resolve the situation. “
The report says D-Day could be Sunday with a final decision possible.