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AUS v IND: India’s list of demands before travelling for Gabba Test

The BCCI wants its players to be able to eat meals together and have team meetings inside their hotel before they travel to Brisbane for the fourth Test, according to Indian media.

India’s players are sick of strict quarantine and don’t want to endure another hotel stint confined to their rooms except for training sessions.

An unnamed team official complained they shouldn’t be treated like “animals in a zoo” in hotel quarantine, with the Gabba Test in serious doubt unless a concrete compromise can be reached.

India quarantined for two weeks after landing in Australia in November but a recent COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney has seen Queensland close its borders to the Harbour City.

It is understood India are supportive of playing the fourth Tests in Sydney – where the third Test is currently being played – or moving to another city.

The BCCI has written to Cricket Australia asking them to organise relaxed quarantine conditions and indicated their players won’t travel to Brisbane under the current circumstances.

“The discussions are still on but today BCCI has formally sent a letter seeking relaxation of hard quarantine for its players if they are to have the match in Brisbane,” a senior BCCI official told the Press Trust of India.

India’s players are sick of quarantine and don’t want to endure another hotel stint confined to their rooms except for training sessions. Credit: Getty

“The MoU that was signed never mentioned about two hard quarantines. India have done one hard quarantine in Sydney (practice and back to hotel room),” he added.

“The BCCI’s demand is simple. The players want to mingle with each other inside the hotel bio-bubble like they did in the IPL.

“They want to have their meals together inside the hotel and also have the team meetings together. That’s not a big demand.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the team can mingle freely inside their hotel but India want that in writing after police were stationed outside their doors during the initial quarantine.

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