Cricket Australia rejects Ganguly hopes of reducing quarantine
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had raised some objections to the cricketers being quarantined for two weeks during India’s tour of Australia at the end of the year. But in the end, Cricket Australia rejects Ganguly hopes and says the Virat Kohli-led side will have to stay apart for 14 days. Not only Indian cricketers but also Aussie cricketers who will take part in the IPL will be quarantined for 14 days after returning to the country.
Although the BCCI president is in favor of reducing the quarantine period, Cricket Australia has made it clear that the quarantine will be for two weeks. The process will be strictly controlled by Cricket Australia, said interim chief executive Nick Hawkley.
In this context, he said, ‘The main thing for the players is to get them tested regularly. And when they come, they have to follow the proper quarantine. Our job is to ensure that they get adequate training during the quarantine period so that there is no difficulty in the match. If we go to England, it will be the same for England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Last week, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly told the Indian media that the 14-day quarantine period was disappointing.
“It’s very frustrating (14-day quarantine),” Ganguly said. We are looking at quarantine things. And as I said, apart from Melbourne, Australia and New Zealand are in good shape (in Corona). From that point of view, we hope that the days of quarantine will be less wherever we go.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia chief executive said Indian cricketers would have to go through regular tests in addition to being in quarantine. Cricket Australia is also waiting for permission from the Australian government for any team to travel to Australia.
“We need government clearance,” said Nick Hawkley. The government is unlikely to open the country’s borders until India visits Australia. Obviously there will be testing arrangements. We will be able to test people before they get on the plane and quarantine will be arranged as per the protocol of the health department.
Like England, Australia is also optimistic about creating a ‘bio-secure’, said Nick Hawkley. An environment will be created where risk reduction is possible. Preparing for a ‘bio-secure’ environment will be a priority. If this is not done, the risk cannot be reduced. There is a hotel in Adelaide, and we are working on all the other options. ‘