The fourth Test match between India and Australia will be held in Brisbane. Team India players will leave for Brisbane on Tuesday as uncertainty over hosting the fourth and final Test in Queensland’s capital from 15 January ends after Cricket Board of India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah’s assurance to Cricket Australia (CA) has occurred.
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CA interim CEO Nick Hawkley said in the statement, ‘I would like to thank the Queensland Government for their willingness to collaborate and work with CA and BCCI to conduct the fourth Test as planned. More important is to follow a plan in which the safety and betterment of players, match officials and the community is a top priority.
In the last one week, BCCI sources had confirmed that they never demanded a change in venue but had said that two consecutive tight isolations were not ideal for the mental health of the players. Players are now expected to have a biologically-secure environment similar to the Indian Premier League where they can meet each other inside the hotel.
The problem arose when Queensland closed its border to people arriving from New South Wales in Sydney in view of new cases of Kovid-19 infection. Indian players were exempted from this but had to face stringent segregation rules. Uncertainty over the match increased when the city received a new Kovid-19 infection case from Britain and a three-day lockdown was announced last week. After the situation became clear about the match, CA announced the audience’s potential.
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CA said, ‘Cricket Australia and Stadiums Queensland from 15 January following the advice of Queensland Health and Queensland Government Brisbane are working together to ensure the safety of people arriving for the test and during this time only 50 per cent of the total audience capacity in the Gaba will be approved.
The board said, “The seating plan will cut viewership according to social distance rules, now match tickets will be resold and existing ticket holders will get full money back which includes all expenses including ticket insurance.”