Former Indian hitter and cricket commentator Sanjay Manjrekar made a strong statement Monday asking cricketers to follow strict protocols to fight Covid-19. Manjrekar’s comment came on Friday after a video of five Indian players eating at a restaurant in Melbourne came out. The whole episode has now sparked great controversy with the two cricket boards involved. Things changed seriously after Queensland’s minister said, “If the Indians don’t want to obey the rules, don’t come.”
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“It’s really very simple. Exclude yourself for selection, or respect biobubbles and rigorous protocols once selected. You can’t have both ways,” Manjrekar wrote on Twitter.
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BCCI said in a statement earlier today that the Indian cricket team’s players and support staff were tested by RT-PCR for Corona 19 on January 3, and both returned negative results.
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Meanwhile, Cricket Australia’s chief executive Nick Hockley broke down reports on Monday that the touring party was reluctant to take a fourth test in Gava due to stricter quarantine rules. He said BCCI’fully supports’ Queensland’s quarantine requirements.
“We talk to each other at BCCI every day. We have nothing official to suggest anything other than what BCCI supports. Both teams wanted to be on schedule as we set out,” Hockley told Australian media.
India and Australia will take their third Border-Gabaska Trophy test at the Sydney Cricket Stadium starting on January 7.