Cricket Australia has announced that the fourth and final Test match of the series will be played in Brisbane according to its predetermined schedule. However, the Queensland Government has enacted quarantine rules which have to be followed. The match is scheduled to be played at Brisbane’s Gabba stadium.
According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Indian team will travel to Brisbane on Tuesday. Earlier, the BCCI had earlier wrote to Cricket seeking relaxation in hard quarantine rules of Brisbane.
Final test will go ahead as per plan: Nick Hockley
Cricket Australia’s Interim CEO, Nick Hockley, “We have been working closely with Queensland Health to ensure our strong biosecurity plans guarantees the fourth Test at The Gabba is played safely. Throughout the season, we have developed a strong track record for a safe and responsible return to the sport thanks to our well-established biosecurity protocols, the ongoing support from public health officials, and the incredibly hard work of so many people across Australian cricket.”
“I want to thank the Queensland Government for their cooperation and willingness to working closely with CA and the BCCI so we can deliver the fourth Test as planned, but more importantly delivering on a plan that places the safety and wellbeing of the players, match officials and the wider community as a top priority,” he added.
Only 50 percent spectators allowed in a final Test match:
At the same time, the Queensland government has reduced crowd capacity for the final Test to 50 percent. The stadium has an audience capacity of about 42 thousand. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed Brisbane’s three-day lockdown, as new strains of COVID-19 were reported in the city last week. This lockdown will end at 6 pm (local time) on Monday. No new local cases of the virus reported on Monday, but the government has decided to allow around only 20,000 fans per day.
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