Despite the new and strict restriction due to the spike of coronavirus infection, Australia is all set to stage India-Australia match. The Test match is schedule to begin on January 7, with the number of spectators reduced to 10,000 — less than a quarter of the Sydney Cricket Ground’s capacity. The Indian team has already reached Sydney ahead of the SCG Test after a memorable Test win in Melbourne.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have confirmed that “all RT-PCR Tests of playing members and support staff returned negative” in the wake of a controversy involving Indian player breaching bio-bubble protocol. The venue for the fourth test has the similar bubble that was put together for both teams during their stay in Sydney.
With no formal request from BCCI to move the Brisbane test, Cricket Australia’s acting CEO Nick Hockley ruled out reports that there may be any need to reschedule or cancel the tour due to the incident. “We speak to our counterparts at the BCCI daily. Everyone is very clear on the expectations of what’s involved,” Hockley told the reporters earlier this week.
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“The players are very clear that in Sydney and Brisbane the protocols are that they will be within our exclusive hotel and then at the grounds for training and playing the matches. Both sets of team management and the players will be working to ensure that those protocols are observed appropriately,” Hockley added.
The SCG can only hold a limited to 25% from 50% on the advice of the New South Wales government, which means only around 9,500 people are expected on each day of the Sydney Test. New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard also recommended the mandatory wearing of face mask at the match, with a fine of with fines of A$200 ($155) for anyone in breach of the directive.
“You must wear a mask,” Hazzard said. “From the moment effectively you get into the transport to get there, and get into the queue at the front door of the SCG, and go to your seat, and sit in the your seat, you must wear a mask. The only exception to that, if you’re eating or drinking.” Residents from certain parts of Sydney deemed to have a higher virus-risk have been banned from attending
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