Aus vs Ind: CA Confirms Brisbane Test To Go 'As Planned'
The fourth and final Test will go ahead "as planned" in Brisbane this week, Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley said Monday, after agreement from India who had been insisting they avoid quarantine in the city.
The location was thrown into doubt with India reportedly unhappy about having to undergo another round of isolation and a snap city-wide lockdown after a case of the infectious UK strain of Covid-19 was detected in Brisbane.
But with the stay-at-home orders lifted Monday, Hockley said it was all systems go.
"The fourth Test will be at the Gabba, as planned," he told commercial radio SEN, with play due to start on Friday.
"On the basis of yesterday's discussions, we are full steam ahead to play the fourth Test at the Gabba and really looking forward to it."
Hockley said he had spoken to Queensland state health officials and India's cricketing governing body to receive the green light.
"I had a call last night from the BCCI secretary, very late last night, and he confirmed we are good to travel to Brisbane on Tuesday," Hockley said.
"We're extremely grateful for their support," he said of the India side.
Queensland health officials insisted Monday both teams would still be required to spend 14 days in quarantine.
Hockley said Cricket Australia had arranged a charter plane for the players, who will stay in a Brisbane hotel retained "exclusively" for their use.