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CA: Brisbane Test on track

Nick Hockley dismissed reports of Indian team being reluctant to play the fourth and final Test because of stricter quarantine rules there
Nick Hockley

Our Bureau   |     |   Published 05.01.21, 05:52 AM

Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley on Monday dismissed reports that the Indian team is reluctant to play the fourth and final Test in Brisbane because of stricter quarantine rules there.

Hockley said the BCCI was “fully across and supportive” of quarantine requirements in Queensland. “We speak to our counterparts at the BCCI daily,” he told reporters in Sydney. “We’ve had nothing formal from the BCCI to suggest anything other than they’re supportive.”

Queensland has closed its borders for people travelling from New South Wales owing to the rising Covid-19 cases in Sydney and its surrounding areas. The Indian team management is believed to have been told that “talks are on to offer relaxation to the players in Brisbane”.

“It’s unlikely that there will be any hard quarantine in Brisbane. Like in Sydney, the players will be allowed to restrict their movements to the floors inside the hotel premises,” a source told The Telegraph.

The Australian media had claimed that the Brisbane Test is in jeopardy because of the visitors’ reluctance to travel there in view of harder quarantine rules.

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