BCCI Gave A Fitting Reply To Australia’s “Strict Warnings”: The ongoing Test series between Australia and India continues to make headlines. Recently, a controversy erupted after Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, and 3 other cricketers were accused of breaching the bio-bubble in Melbourne ahead of the third Test in Sydney of the ongoing 4-match Border Gavaskar Trophy against Australia.
There were reports that claimed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia also launched an inquiry in this matter and the players were asked to isolate themselves from the main squad.
In addition, controversy has also erupted on the venue of the fourth Test after the video went viral as the hosts the visitors are hesitant in traveling to Brisbane owing to their strict quarantine rules.
When the reports surfaced that team India isn’t ready to go into strict quarantine again, Queensland’s Health Shadow Minister Ros Bates was asked about the reports suggesting team India’s reluctance to travel to Brisbane for the fourth test. She said:
“If the Indians don’t want to play by the rules, don’t come,”
Ros Bates’ sentiments were echoed by Queensland’s Shadow Sports Minister, Tim Mander, who made it clear that there is no room for ignoring the protocols. Mander said:
“If the Indian cricket team wants to spit the dummy and disregard quarantine guidelines in Brisbane for the fourth Test, then they shouldn’t come. The same rules must apply for everyone. Simple,”
Now speaking to the media, the BCCI official stated that if team India didn’t want to follow rules, Rohit Sharma wouldn’t serve the 14-day quarantine period. The official also went on to add that the tone of the Minister seemed reef. The source read:
“The statement made by the public representative portrays Indians in poor light and let me assure you, we do not want to do anything other than to abide by the rules, and Rohit Sharma’s strict quarantine is a case in point”
“To try and propagate a view that we don’t wish to follow the rules is unacceptable and the tone and tenor, in which it was said seemed rife with hostility and bordered on racism. It is, therefore, not a surprise that a rethink is on the cards. If a representative of the public does not want us there, it is hurtful and the last thing we want is to upset the Australian fans who have given us so much love and support over the years. We do not wish to make it difficult for them or for Cricket Australia,”