Desperate for the fourth and final Test match between India and Australia in Brisbane, Cricket Australia (CA )’s three-day fresh lockdown in Queensland province’s capital has added to the woes. The lockdown was announced less than 24 hours after talks between top cricket officials of India and Australia in Brisbane about exempting the visiting team from stringent segregation rules.
The fourth Test is scheduled to be played in Gaba (Brisbane) from 15 January as per the pre-determined schedule. According to newspaper reports, ‘Cricket Australia officials are trying to assess the impact on the fourth Test match starting next week in Gaba due to the three-day lockdown. Due to India’s stringent biosecurity rules, there was a cloud of apprehension over the match before he hesitated to play in Brisbane. ‘
It added, ‘Cricket Australia’s Border-Gavaskar due to a worker living on segregation (quarantine) in the hotel for the more contagious Covid-19 and new type found in Britain (new strain of Corona) Expectations for the trophy to be concluded in Gaba have come as a shock.
Cricket Australia had already allowed 36000 spectators to attend, but this could change under changed circumstances. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday wrote to Cricket Australia to exempt them from the stringent rules of segregation in Brisbane. The BCCI also pointed out that the Indian team had complied with strict segregation rules as agreed at the beginning of the tour.