Sunil Gavaskar backs BCCI’s demand for relaxation of COVID-19 protocols for Brisbane Test

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Indian legend cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar is in favour of the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) as the body had written to Cricket Australia seeking relaxation in hard quarantine protocol for the fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Brisbane.

Sunil Gavaskar supports BCCI and reflects on the matter

Sunil Gavaskar

The governing body for cricket in India had written to Cricket Australia demanding quarantine relaxation for the Indian players as they were finding the restrictions to be ‘too stressful’.

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The players want something similar to what they did during the IPL in UAE. They want to mingle with each other inside the hotel bio-bubble and have their meals together inside the hotel. They are also asking to have the team meetings together.

Now, the former Indian batsman has also supported BCCI in this matter. During the commentary on Channel 7 on Friday, Gavaskar said that the players are willing to have something which the people of Sydney are being allowed to do.

It is because Team India are in Australia for almost two months now and should be treated like any other citizens of the country.

“BCCI is fully entitled to protect its team”, says Gavaskar

Gavaskar said that the fans in the crowd are gathering and having time in restaurants and pubs etc. He cleared how the Indian players are feeling.

He said: “What they’re saying is they should also be allowed to do something similar. You could have a situation where the ball goes into the crowd, somebody from the crowd touches the ball. One can understand that. One can understand why they’re feeling that way.”

He added: “The Queensland government is fully entitled to protect its people. Similarly I believe the Board of Control for Cricket India is fully entitled to protect its team. I think that’s something we should never forget.

The Brisbane Test which is set to start from January 15 could be in jeopardy as the Queensland state officials announced a hard lockdown for at least three days due to a new COVID-19 case recorded in Brisbane. Both squads are due to travel to Brisbane on Tuesday.

It has been also reported that a personnel of the quarantine hotel in Brisbane has tested positive for the highly contagious U.K. variant of COVID-19 which adds to the woes.

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