Former cricketer, Sanjay Manjrekar slams Team India for being reluctant on travelling to Brisbane for the fourth and last Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series against Australia.
In the latest reports, the Indian contingent is believed to be unhappy and not keen on playing the Test at The Gabba as they do not want to be subjected to hard quarantine rules imposed by the Queensland government for people coming from New South Wales.
Sydney, capital of New South Wales, has recorded a spike in the covid-19 cases last month, and hence the Queensland government, as well as several other states, have restricted movement into their state from NSW.
Since India and Australia will battle out the third Test of the ongoing series, which stands level after two Tests, in Sydney they will have to undergo quarantine in a hotel in Brisbane. The players will only be allowed to move out of their hotels for playing and training and will be restricted in their activities. Hence, the Indian team has raised concerns over travelling to Brisbane and demanded that the SCG host back-to-back matches to conclude the series.
Rule yourself out or respect the bio-bubble: Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar took to Twitter to express his disappointment with Team India for not willing to put themselves in quarantine to play the last Test of the tour.
The 55-year-old blatantly says that either the player or players should drop themselves from the squad or follow the rules of the government without making a fuss.
“It’s quite simple really. Either rule yourself out for selection or once selected respect the bio bubble & the strict protocols. Can’t have it both ways. #INDvsAUSTest” tweeted Manjrekar.
The state chief health officer, Dr Jeannette Young has said that while quarantine rules cannot be relaxed for anyone, however, bio-bubbles will be created inside the hotel for players to interact.
As quoted by Sportskeeda, Young said, “They will be confined to the hotel. We have worked with them they can have bubbles within that hotel. Because they are going to be going and playing with colleagues in the matches so they will have exposure there. So it doesn’t expose me if they have exposure to each other in the hotel.”
It’s quite simple really. Either rule yourself out for selection or once selected respect the bio bubble & the strict protocols. Can’t have it both ways.#INDvsAUSTest
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 4, 2021