After a lot of hullabaloo regarding Team India’s reluctance in travelling to Brisbane amid concerns of another hard quarantine, the visitors have finally reached Australia’s third-largest city and have checked into Sofitel- a five-star hotel- located four kilometres from the Gabba.
According to a report filed by Times of India, while the management has described the hotel as a ‘good one’, they are not happy with the lack of facilities provided to them in what they described as a ‘prison for all practical purpose’.
The members of the Indian contingent have revealed that the visitors are being forced to make their own beds, clean their own toilets besides adding that the players are not allowed to use basic amenities such as the gym or swimming pool despite the hotel being completely empty.
“We are locked up in our rooms, have to make our own beds, clean our own toilets. Food is coming from a nearby Indian restaurant which will be given to us on our floor. We can’t move out of the floor that’s been designated to us,” said the official travelling with the team.
“The entire hotel is empty, but we can’t use any amenities in the hotel including the swimming pool and the gym. All the cafes and restaurants in the hotel are shut. But how is a team struggling with injuries expected to recover if basic amenities like pool and gym are not allowed? There’s no other guest in the hotel. It’s empty. Then why can’t the players use the amenities,” the officials added, describing the scenario as ‘pathetic’.
According to the official, the team-management has conveyed its displeasure to the BCCI on the lack of amenities provided by Cricket Australia despite the promises that they had made initially.
“What was promised, by way of facilities, and what’s being provided here are two diametrically opposite things. A lot of things were said earlier during this tour like, once the mandatory quarantine is over, the players will be comfortable, will be given the necessary amenities, etc,” the official added.