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Update India fear travelling to Brisbane could affect England series

BCCI and the India team management fear that travelling to Brisbane for the fourth Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy could have an effect on the home series against England. The city of Brisbane was pushed into a three-day hard lockdown until Monday (January 11) after the new mutant UK strain of the COVID-19 virus was detected in the Queensland capital.

India fear that the constantly evolving Coronavirus situation and its implications on border restrictions could necessitate them having to serve another period of quarantine upon reaching India. As of now, there are no such restrictions for travellers to India from Australia, but in light of the new UK strain of the virus, the Delhi government has imposed week-long institutional quarantine followed by another week of home quarantine for passengers flying into the capital from the UK. A similar development, the team believes, could affect the start of the England series on February 5.

Following the infection in Brisbane, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced new travel measures in a bid to curb the spread of more infectious strains of COVID-19 in the community. The Big Bash League teams, Sydney Sixers and Brisbane Heat, have been confined to their hotels at Gold Coast since the three-day lockdown was announced. The players have been only allowed out for training and Sunday night's clash even though they're in a different part of Queensland.

BCCI and Cricket Australia have engaged in dialogues over the recent weeks over the fate of the Gabba Test and the state of Queensland mandating a hard quarantine. The Indian team, as reported by Cricbuzz, has expressed its reluctance to travel to Brisbane if they were subject to queer guidelines which would see them having to stay inside the hotel premises while crowds still attend the game.

Incidentally, interim Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley held ad-hoc meetings with India's support staff at the SCG after stumps on Day 3. It is understood that he remains optimistic that the fourth Test will go on as scheduled at the Gabba with a final decision possibly set for Sunday.


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