The ongoing Border Gavaskar Trophy series is currently level at 1-1. Australia and India had their fair share of moments so far. The hosts won the Adelaide Test while the visitors won the MCG Test.
Both teams are seriously prepping for a tough battle as they will lock horns with each other in the third Test match which will be played at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 7.
Ahead of the third Test, Team India made the headlines after they reportedly expressed reluctance to travel to Brisbane for the fourth and final Test match at The Gabba which is scheduled on January 15.
It is said that the Indian team may be pushed to another lockdown. The players are not really interested to isolate themselves once again. A Cricbuzz report added that further lockdown would have a bad experience on the mentally exhausted athletes.
Last year in July, Board of Control for Cricket in India chief Sourav Ganguly had requested Australian board to reduce quarantine procedures for the Indian players.
Queensland minister’s remark on Team India
After Team India reportedly said that they were not keen to travel to Brisbane, Queensland’s Shadow Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Ross Bates came up with a shocking comment on Team India.
When she was asked about the ongoing reports of India’s unwillingness to travel to Brisbane, she said India should either abide by the strict quarantine rules else they shouldn’t visit Brisbane for the 4th Test. Her blunt response didn’t go well with the Indian fans and the BCCI. She was slammed for her shocking remarks on Team India.
BCCI disappointed by Queensland minister’s remarks
Meanwhile, India’s cricket body is disappointed by Ros Bates’ shocking remarks on Team India. Following her remarks, there are reports that BCCI is rethinking playing the fourth Test.
If the happens then, then the upcoming Test at the SCG will be the last Test in Australia. A senior BCCI official expressed his opinion on the ongoing hullabaloo while talking to news agency TOI.
“The statement that was made by the public representative portrays Indians in poor light. To add to that, let me assure you, we do not want to do anything other than to abide by the rules. Further, Rohit Sharma’s strict quarantine is a case in point.
To try and propagate a view that we do not wish to follow the rules is unacceptable. To add to that, the tone and tenor, in which it was said seemed rife with hostility and bordered on racism.”
Therefore, a rethink is on the cards. If a representative of the public does not want us there, it is very hurtful. The last thing we want is to upset the Australian fans who have given us so much love and support over the years. We surely do not wish to make it difficult for them or for Cricket Australia.”