With several speculations surrounding the fourth Test in Brisbane between Australia and India, the BCCI has agreed to let the Indian team play. Cricket Australia interim chief Nick Hockley confirmed that the tourists have decided to travel and serve the required quarantine period in Queensland. Nevertheless, the Gabba will have only 50 per cent of the capacity crowd.
The Indian team had reservations about playing in Brisbane since they had the feeling they would have to serve yet another hard quarantine in the final destination of their tour. As a result, the visitors had to cop plenty of criticism from various former cricketers on their reluctance to play in Brisbane. They speculated that the hosts’ jaw-dropping record at the venue had them hesitate.
Fox Sports reported that the Gabba Stadium would permit 50 percent of the crowd capacity with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announcing the end of Brisbane’s three-day lockdown as zero cases of COVID-19 emerged in the area. On Monday, the Queensland government imposed a three-day lockdown of greater Brisbane to contain the spread of a more contagious COVID-19 strain. The Gabba Stadium has a capacity of 42000.
The fourth Test will be at the Gabba as planned: Cricket Australia CEO
Cricket Australia interim chief Nick Hockley announced that the fourth Test would take place as planned, claiming to have received a call from BCCI Secretary Jay Shah of the green signal. The two sides will travel to Brisbane on Tuesday.
“The fourth Test will be at the Gabba as planned. I had a call last night from the BCCI secretary and he confirmed we are good to travel to Brisbane on Tuesday,” Hockley stated as quoted by Fox Sports.