The powerful BCCI has reportedly written to Cricket Australia to advise they do not want to travel to Brisbane for the final Test of the summer.
India say they’re sick of quarantine and don’t want to spend another stint in a hotel quarantine but some critics have questioned the claim as Australia hasn’t lost a Test at the Gabba since 1988.
Sports broadcaster Jimmy Smith said the BCCI had officially written to Cricket Australia one day after an unnamed player reportedly complained they were “animals in a zoo” in hotel quarantine.
It is understood India are supportive of playing both the third and fourth Tests in Sydney or moving the fourth to another city.
India captain Ajinkya Rahane on Wednesday night refused to confirm if they would play in Brisbane next week, instead leaving the decision with team management.
Australia captain Tim Paine admitted his side is reaching boiling point with India’s position beginning to “grind” on his team.
“We’re happy to play anywhere any time,” Paine said on Channel 7 after winning the toss and choosing to bat on Thursday morning.
It’s understood CA presented its plans to the BCCI on December 29, which included players having to stay in hotel rooms in Sydney and Brisbane.
That is said to have been agreed to by Indian authorities at the time and has since been approved by Queensland Health.
Quarantine conditions are effectively the same in Sydney and Brisbane, with players confined to their hotels but allowed out of their individual rooms.
The only difference is that those parameters are set by CA in Sydney, as opposed to the Queensland government in Brisbane.
Players will only spend two days in Brisbane before the Test begins.
India’s chief issue appears to be that they have already served two weeks in quarantine on arrival to Australia, and cannot understand why there are further restrictions.
However, the situation has changed in Sydney since their arrival and when they played white-ball games in the city, given the recent outbreak and ensuing closure of state borders.
Rahane on Wednesday made the point three times that India were living in stricter conditions than the general public in Sydney.
“We know that outside life in Sydney is completely normal but the players we are quarantine,” Rahane said.
“It is a challenge but we have to face it as a team.
“We are just focusing on tomorrow’s game, we’re not complaining or anything … We just want to start well in tomorrow’s game.
“The BCCI and team management will make any decisions (about Brisbane).”
– with AAP