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Gabba Test In Doubt Over BCCI Controversy

Brisbane may miss out on the fourth Australia-India cricket Test match set to be played at the Gabba after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) expressed reluctance to quarantine on arrival in Brisbane.

The Gabba Test is currently scheduled for January 15, however the BCCI reportedly does not want the Indian squad to travel to Brisbane, despite being granted a special exemption after Queensland closed its borders to New South Wales after a recent COVID-19 spike.

A BCCI official told Cricbuzz the BCCI does not want players confined to rooms in Brisbane in a ‘hard lockdown’.

“If you look at it, we were quarantining for 14 days in Dubai before landing in Sydney and doing so for another 14 days,” the official said.

“That means we were in a hard bubble for nearly a month before coming out.

“What we don’t want now is to quarantine again at the end of the tour,” the official said.

Queensland opposition health spokeswoman, Ros Bates, told the BCCI in response: “If the Indians do not want to play by the rules, don’t come.”

This was supported by Queensland’s Shadow Sports Minister, Tim Mander, who said: “If the Indian cricket team wants to spit the dummy and disregard quarantine guidelines in Brisbane for the fourth Test, then they shouldn’t come.”

“The same rules must apply for everyone.

“Simple,” Mander said.

This comes after Cricket Australia announced it was investigating a potential COVID-19 biosecurity protocol breach from the Indian team, where five players, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, and Navdeep Saini, were seen dining at a restaurant Friday.

Cricket Australia’s current guidelines mean players are only permitted to dine in public outdoors, but the Indian players were spotted eating indoors without masks.

“The BCCI and CA are investigating the matter and seeking to determine whether the outing constitutes a breach of bio-security protocols,” Cricket Australia (CA) said in a statement.

“In the interim, on the advice of the Australian and Indian medical teams, the aforementioned players have been placed in isolation as a precaution,” the statement said.

CA recently delivered fines to the Brisbane Heat after Chris Lynn and Dan Lawrence’s biosecurity breaches earlier this season, fining the club $50,000 ($20,000 suspended) and each player $10,000 ($4,000 suspended).