Saturday, 23 January, 2021


Ajinkya Rahane's team given hotel 'without basic amenities' in Brisbane, BCCI fumes

Injured Bumrah set to miss Brisbane Test | Cricbuzz.com - Cricbuzz Australia v India: Bumrah doubtful for fourth Test as India's injury woes continue
Noah Ferguson | 13 January, 2021, 11:43

Langer was all praise for the IPL saying it helps in development of young players but was critical of the previous edition's timing.

With injury concerns shrouding the Indian dressing room, former Indian opener Virender Sehwag, known for his witty sense of humour, took to social media and offered his services. Now, there is fresh controversy regarding the quarantine hotel in Brisbane. "Only the swimming pool is not open for use", the BCCI official was quoted by TOI. We can't move out of the floor that's been designated to us, ' a source for the team told the Times of India.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah were both in touch with Cricket Australia (CA) officials and they were assured that steps will be taken with immediate effect to make the players comfortable in Brisbane.

'The team has also been given a team room where they can assemble and have meetings. "It's empty. Then why can't the players use the amenities", they added, describing the scenario as "pathetic".

The tourists already expressed doubt about playing Brisbane because of the stricter protocols and the emergence of the highly-contagious United Kingdom strain of the coronavirus discovered in the state, yet conditions at their hotel ahead of the Gabba Test pushed them over the edge. "BCCI is always by the side of its players and will ensure they get the best treatment".

Australia will be hoping to maintain their proud record of not having lost in Brisbane since 1988 as they prepare for the final Test. India have been troubled by injuries with Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari all ruled out.

The four-match series is tied at 1-1 now with the hosts winning the pink-ball opener in Adelaide and India emerging triumphant in Melbourne.

His absence for the fourth test in Brisbane will deprive India of a key allrounder, while the absence of strike bowler Bumrah - if confirmed - would be a major setback for an already depleted attack that is missing injured fast bowlers Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

India have had a spate of injuries since the IPL and also in the current Australia series.

India's squad depth will be seriously tested, with the BCCI unable to call in any more reserves because of travel restrictions in place for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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