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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Third Test: Indian team agrees to follow 'strict' protocols in Sydney

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 Indian cricket team arrived in Sydney on Monday to play the third Test against Australia and the team management has agreed to abide by the biosecurity protocol. The controversy has been going on for the last few days in which the Indian team has asked not to hold a protocol panel in Brisbane. The fourth Test between India and Australia is to be played in Brisbane. India and Australia played two ODIs and two T20I matches in Sydney.

Protocols have now been tightened in Sydney

The number of cases of corona virus is increasing in the areas around Sydney due to which strict protocol has been implemented there. "Team India has been briefed on the protocol," a BCCI source told our correspondent Times of India. The team management and all the players have agreed to follow the rules so that the team can no longer go outside the hotel except for the training program. The team has also been asked to adhere to social distance. Earlier players were allowed to stroll nearby and dine out for a meal.

Tests of all the players came negative

The Indian team was in Melbourne and before leaving for Sydney on Monday, all the players in the team underwent a corona test, including five players who had dined at a restaurant in Melbourne and were kept in isolation. All the players underwent RT-PCR test and all tested negative. Now the team will be tested one more corona before the third Test starting January 7.

Cricket is in touch with Australia over the protocol in Brisbane

According to the Times of India, the BCCI is in touch with Cricket Australia over arrangements in Brisbane. The fourth Test is to be played in Brisbane and the team may have to stay in the quarantine earlier. Board sources claimed there was never any doubt that Brisbane would host the fourth and final Test match of the Australia tour. Team India has not yet been given protocol for the fourth Test. On the other hand, Shubhaman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini and Prithvi Shaw were investigating whether they had violated any protocol but board sources claimed that the test was negative and now it is believed that the probe has been completed. Is gone.

Will players in Brisbane be given a little leeway?

Discussions are underway between the boards of the two countries to give players some leeway in Brisbane. A senior BCCI official told the Times of India that putting the team under tight quarantine in Brisbane would be a bit daunting for the players. In Brisbane, players are only allowed to leave the hotel room to go to the field, so there is talk of getting some relief. In Sydney, players are allowed to return to the hotel where they are staying.

Both the teams are ready to play under the scheduled program

Cricket Australia's acting CEO Nick Hawkley said on Monday that the Australian board was in touch with the BCCI and had no objections to the protocol for the tour. "We communicate with the BCCI every day," he said. The Board of India has always supported and supported us. Both teams want to play according to the schedule we have decided.

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