The fourth Test between India and Australia will be played at the Gabba in Brisbane as scheduled, interim Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley confirmed. Hockley said the Board of Cricket for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that the Indian team will be travelling to Brisbane on Tuesday. There was a cloud over the Test being held in Brisbane due to the strict Covid restrictions in place in the city. “The fourth Test will be at the Gabba, as planned,” Nick Hockley said on SEN Radio as quoted by cricket.com.au.
“On the basis of yesterday’s discussions we are full steam ahead to play the fourth Test at the Gabba.”
The Queensland government has, however, decided to reduce the crowd capacity to 50 per cent, with masks made mandatory when moving around the stadium.
“The Gabba will be filled to half the capacity and masks are mandatory for entering, leaving and moving around the stadium,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“But if you are sitting there at your seat, you won’t have to wear your mask because you are outside.
“Most people will be coming by public transport anyway, where you will have to wear your mask.”
Also important thing to note was that the three-day lockdown in Brisbane, which was implemented last week after the detection of UK variant of the coronavirus in the city, would come to an end at 6pm local time (1:30pm IST) — on Monday.
Earlier, the BCCI had written to Cricket Australia asking for quarantine relaxations, including players’ wish to have face-to-face meetings as well as having meals together inside the hotel.
The four-match series is currently locked at 1-1.
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