The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not commented on the Brisbane lockout
Brisbane will go into a tight three-day lockout later on Friday as the government tries to bring out the contagious variant of the Kovit-19, which has raised further doubts about hosting the fourth cricket Test between Australia and India next week.
Two million residents of the city will be banned from leaving their homes after a worker at an isolated hotel in the city tested positive for the new strain of the virus, first detected in the UK.
The news does little to alleviate the widely reported concerns in the Indian Tourism Party about the extent to which they will be isolated when they leave Sydney for Queensland on Tuesday.
The series is tied at 1-1 and Australia were bowled out for 338 before tea on the second day of the Sydney Test on Friday.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not commented on the Brisbane lockout, but retired batsman Sunil Gavaskar, who retired on Friday, expressed the team’s concerns during a televised commentary.
“In Sydney, people come to the ground and then go back and have dinner at a restaurant or gather 20, 30 people in a bubble,” he told Channel Seven.
“What they (the team) say is that they should be allowed to do something similar.
“The Queensland government has every right to protect its people. Similarly, I believe the BCCI has every right to protect its team. I think we should never forget that.”
The Prime Minister of Queensland Anastasia Palas has assured the Indian players that the team will be able to reunite with each other inside the hotel as they are already in Sydney.
The only comment he made during the Tests during his press conference on the lockout on Friday was “still talking”.
Meanwhile, three Big Bash League (BPL) matches originally scheduled to play in Sydney have been moved to Canberra due to state border closures following the eruption of Covit-19 in Australia’s largest city.
Victoria has closed its borders with New South Wales due to the eruption, meaning players will not be able to play in Sydney and then play in the following round matches in Melbourne.