- The fourth and final Test match of the series is to begin from January 15 at the Gaba Stadium in Brisbane
- There are reports that basic facilities are not being provided to the Indian team.
- Members of the Indian contingent have to clean the toilets themselves, the food is also sourced from an outside restaurant
- BCCI President Saurabh Ganguly and Secretary Jai Shah are both in touch with CA officials
Australia is not deterred by upsetting the members of the Indian team who arrived for the fourth Test match of the series in Brisbane. There have been media reports that the Indian party is not even being given basic facilities. Not only this, they have to clean the toilet themselves and the food is also being sourced from an Indian restaurant outside.
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reiterated that protecting players’ interests is of paramount importance. The Indian board is in contact with Cricket Australia (CA) to ensure this. The fourth and final Test match between Australia and India is to be played at Gaba from 15 January.
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There have been reports that the facilities that were promised and which are being found in Brisbane’s hotel where the Indian team is staying, are ‘totally opposite’. Players are not allowed outside their floor even though there are no other guests in the hotel.
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According to one report, housekeeping is not available for Indian crew members and they make their own beds, clean the toilet while ordering food from a nearby Indian restaurant in Brisbane.
Not only this, the use of gyms and swimming pools is banned for Team India. It is a bad feeling given the increasing number of injured players in the Indian team after the Sydney Test as the players are getting very few facilities to work on recovery after the Sydney Test.
The BCCI has taken note of this and expressed concern. The Board has clearly told Cricket Australia that there is a need to make the tour of the players comfortable. The Indian team arrived in Australia in early November and has been living in a bio-secure protocol for about 2 months.
According to the information, both BCCI President Saurabh Ganguly and Secretary Jai Shah are in touch with CA officials and have been assured that steps will be taken with immediate effect to make the players comfortable in Brisbane.
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The BCCI is also in touch with Team India captaining Ajinkya Rahane and Head Coach Ravi Shastri and the Board is working to resolve all such problems as soon as possible.
Team India reached Brisbane on Tuesday for the fourth and final Test of the series against Australia. There was speculation that the Indian team was not keen on traveling to Brisbane due to the Covid-19restrictions but later CA’s Nick Hockley dismissed the rumors and reiterated that the Indian players would travel to Queensland.