Cricket: If Indians don’t want to play by rules, don’t come, says Queensland govt
Members of the Queensland government came up with a blunt response to reports of the Indian cricket team’s reluctance towards travelling to Brisbane. The government stated that the team is more than welcome not to enter the state, where they will play the fourth test, if they are unwilling to coordinate with the protocols.
On Sunday, reports emerged that the Indian team wasn’t keen on travelling to Brisbane, especially if their players are forced to undergo quarantine. The India team has already completed its 14-day mandatory quarantine period. Sources state that the team does not want more restrictions imposed on the already mentally worn-out players and due to this they would prefer to fourth test also being held at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
However, the state’s shadow health minister Ros Bates said, "If the Indians don’t want to play by the rules, don’t come." Queensland’s shadow sports minister, Tim Mander concurred with Bates. "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,” he added.
The Australian players were informed of a quarantine period upon their arrival in Brisbane. However, the Indian contingent wasn't informed of the same. Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, however, dismissed reports, stating that the development is new to him. He said Australia would prefer to play at the Gabba, a venue where they have not lost since 1988.