The Australian media on Sunday claimed that the fourth Test in Brisbane has been jeopardised as the tourists are reluctant to travel there in view of stricter quarantine rules.
"If you look at it, we were quarantining for 14 days in Dubai before landing in Sydney and doing so for another 14 days", an Indian official told Cricbuzz.
India is now scheduled to travel to Sydney on January 4 before training for two days prior to the third Test at the SCG on January 7. Both the teams are now in bio-secure bubbles as Australian states have come up with new stricter border restrictions in the wake of a recent COVID-19 outbreak.
It is understood that the controversy has not gone down well with the travelling team and it is not amused with how Cricket Australia has so far handled the issue. They are then set to receive exemptions along with some of the broadcast staff to travel into Queensland on a chartered flight, despite the state having shut its borders to New South Wales, which still hasn't recovered from the northern beaches Covid-19 outbreak from four weeks back.
Their scepticism over traveling to Queensland stems from reports that they might be pushed back into hard lockdown, with their movement severely curtailed.
It's no secret the BCCI is immensely influential in the cricket world, meaning Brisbane is in serious danger of losing the fourth test.
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Earlier, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma hit the batting nets for the first time since arriving in Australia on Friday.
New South Wales on Saturday made masks compulsory and imposed new restrictions as its coronavirus cluster expanded by seven but the test match was permitted to go ahead with attendance at 50% capacity. And here in NSW we can host the Test. Although players are allowed to eat outside, they should be seated outdoors unlike the Indian cricketers.
"If we're going to put on an alternative Test because of what's happened to the breaches, that's up to the Queensland Government", Mr Barilaro said.
This tension between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had surfaced after CA had asked the five Indian players including Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini, and Prithvi Shaw to isolate themselves after receiving the reports of a possible bio-bubble breach.
The Australian and Indian cricket boards are investigating the allegations which point towards a breach of biosecurity protocols.
The isolation protocols were put in place after consulting with medical teams.