India Tour of Australia: As reported on Sunday, the Queensland government is not ready to relax their quarantine norms for the Indian cricket team. According to the Australian media, Cricket Australia officials met authorities in Queensland but no resolution could be reached between the parties. According to SMH, sources with knowledge of the meeting on Monday said no resolution had been reached.
Discussions between CA and health authorities will continue this week. The first choice for Cricket Australia to host India is still Brisbane provided they give relaxations on strict bio-secure protocols in the state. But now Sydney has emerged as the late contender in case talks with Queensland authorities fail. This means Kohli and company can now land in Sydney instead of Brisbane to resume the tour of Australia.
If that happens all 6 games of White Ball Tour (3Odi’s and 3T20) will be played in Sydney itself. Currently, they are slated as three ODIs on November 27 and 29 and December 1, with the T20Is scheduled on December 4, 6 and 8. The latest update came with the New South Wales (NSW) state government already demonstrating its willingness to host overseas touring squads in the shape of the Argentina rugby team.
India tour of Australia : What is the bone of contention with Queensland Government ?
According to a report by The Australia, the Queensland government wants Cricket Australia and traveling team to follow strict guidelines of Bio-Secure protocols. According to these protocols, Virat Kohli’s team will have to follow following directives –
– Indian players have to serve a full 14-day quarantine period
– They would not be allowed to train in that period.
– Any positive tests for COVID-19 would see the entire group serve another quarantine period,
– The report claims that Health department sources had told them that there was no chance the cricketers could quarantine in a Brisbane hotel and train at the Allan Border field as planned.
CA had not applied to the NSW government about India’s quarantine period because the state’s border with South Australia, where the first Test is pencilled in for December 17-21, was closed at the time it sent detailed proposals to Queensland and SA.
CA’s host free-to-air broadcaster Seven West Media has kept a close eye on events according to SMH. The continuous delay on the announcement of the fixtures by CA can be used by the broadcaster in its legal battle against the Australian board.