Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley recently clarified that bio-bubble protocols that players and the team-management of both Australia and India will need to adhere to in the upcoming Test matches in Sydney and Brisbane.
Since India’s eight-wicket win in Melbourne, there has been a lot of chatter about the off-field stuff. Whether it is the five Indian players allegedly breaching the bio-bubble protocols- which the team-management has categorically denied- to the reports emerging that Team India has expressed its reluctance in traveling to Brisbane, fearing another round of hard quarantine, the off-field chatter has been constant.
However, Nick Hockley recently rubbished all the reports claiming that the Indian team has refused to travel to Brisbane, claiming that CA has been speaking to the BCCI on a daily basis and they have only got support from their counterparts.
Hockley further delved into the protocols that will be in place in Sydney and Brisbane, claiming that the same has been communicated to the team-managements of both the teams.
“We speak to our counterparts at the BCCI daily. Everyone is very clear on the expectations of what’s involved..The players are very clear that in Sydney and Brisbane the protocols are that they will be within our exclusive hotel and then at the grounds for training and playing the matches. Both sets of team management and the players will be working to ensure that those protocols are observed appropriately.” Nick Hockley told reporters.
Hockley further elaborated that even though players will be required to stay exclusively in their hotel rooms, they can still mingle with the other group of players within its confinements.
“Typically for a Test match, players arrive at the ground between 8 am and 9 am and they are there until 6 or 7 at night, and then it’s back to the hotel to rest and recuperate and they will be able to mix within their groups. So, everyone’s fully across that, and supportive,” he further added.
The third and fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is scheduled to take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground and at the Gabba in Brisbane from January 07 and 15 respectively.