Cricket Australia’s desires of holding the fourth and final Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Gabba in Brisbane have been further jeopardized thanks to the three-day lockdown announced by the Queensland government.
The move comes as a measure to curb the proliferation of the new strain after a hotel quarantine worker tested positive for the same.
The decision comes just 24 hours after reports emerged that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has officially written to its counterpart- Cricket Australia- about its reservation against Team India undergoing another hard quarantine in Brisbane.
“Cricket Australia executives are urgently trying to determine the impact of a three-day lockdown in Brisbane on next week’s fourth Test at the Gabba, which was already under a cloud because of India’s hesitation to fly north and be subjected to tighter bio-security restrictions,” Times Now stated in a report.
“A hotel quarantine worker’s positive test to the more contagious UK strain of COVID-19 is the latest spanner in the works for CA’s hopes to close out the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series at the Gabba,” it further wrote.
While Cricket Australia were ready to allow a capacity crowd of 36000, the health care situation might warrant a change in the policy.
“The health scare in the city, however, has left those attendance caps in jeopardy,” the newspaper stated.
Coming back to BCCI formally writing to Cricket Australia, the board has reminded top bosses in the latter about the memorandum of understanding signed between the two cricketing bodies which clearly mentioned that the visitors will undergo only one hard quarantine, which they already have upon arrival in Australia
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia has relocated the three Big Bash League fixtures that were supposed to take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground during the 4th Test to the Manuka Oval in Canberra, giving a clear indication of their first step towards moving the last Test from Brisbane to the SCG.