'Locked up': Indian team slam Brisbane hotel 'prison'

AUS vs IND 2021: Australia Announce Playing XI For 4th Test, Marcus Harris Replaces Injured Will Pucovski

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Jasprit Bumrah could miss the fourth Test between India and Australia, which starts at the Gabba in Brisbane on Friday, with the Press Trust of India reporting on Tuesday that the fast bowler is suffering from an abdominal strain.

Following the complaints in the last 24 hours, the BCCI's discussions with Cricket Australia has resulted in a relaxation in rules at the team hotel.

The entire hotel is empty, but we can't use any amenities in the hotel including the swimming pool and the gym. A couple of areas in Brisbane have, in fact, been declared as hotspot areas. It has been assured that there will be room service and house keeping, ' a senior BCCI official told the Times of India. There was speculation that India wouldn't travel to Brisbane, though there was no official statement from either the BCCI or CA on this isssue.

'The team has also been given a team room where they can assemble and have meetings.

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But Covid-19 outbreaks in Sydney and Melbourne made Queensland put up its borders to both states and force arrivals into hotel quarantine. "Queensland has recorded one new local Covid-19 case and two in hotel quarantine while two Brisbane locations remain on high alert after they were visited by a man with the highly contagious United Kingdom strain", said a report on Channel 9 news website. Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that the state has 28 active cases.

Fortunately for the players, Board of Control for Cricket in India officials were quick to step in and resolve the issues with Cricket Australia.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah and chief executive Hemang Amin all reportedly raised concerns about what they were hearing from the team on the ground. It's like a hospital ward. We have begun our preparations for the final Test at the Gabba! "Are they humans or machines", BCCI members told the publication.

One Indian official was left less than impressed after the team arrived at their Brisbane hotel on Tuesday ahead of the final Test match, describing the conditions as "a prison for all practical purposes".

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