India complains to BCCI about Brisbane hotel conditions ahead of Gabba Test

India complains to BCCI about Brisbane hotel conditions ahead of Gabba Test”

PTI reported that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah and CEO Hemang Amin got in touch with their Cricket Australia counterparts after complaints reached them and have been assured that the Indian contingent will be made to feel comfortable from here on.

Team officials weren't happy about not having room service or house keeping with an unnamed member of the tourists' travelling party labelling the hotel as a "prison for all practical purposes" in an interview with the Times of India.

The tourists already expressed doubt about playing Brisbane because of the stricter protocols and the emergence of the highly-contagious United Kingdom strain of the coronavirus discovered in the state, yet conditions at their hotel ahead of the Gabba Test pushed them over the edge.

'The board has been told that the team has been given access to all the lifts in the hotel.

India will be playing the fourth Test in the Queensland capital from January 15 where the surge of Covid-19 cases and a border lockdown with New South Wales has led to a strict hotel quarantine for the Ajinkya Rahane-led team.

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'The team has also been given a team room where they can assemble and have meetings. "Only the swimming pool is not open for use", a senior BCCI official told The Times of India.

The Indian cricket team, which landed in Brisbane for the fourth and final Test against Australia, was in for a shock on Tuesday as it was lodged at a hotel which "lacked basic facilities", prompting an intervention from the BCCI top brass.

Elsewhere, Ravindra Jadeja will miss the Brisbane clash after undergoing surgery on his left thumb on Monday night while Rishabh Pant (elbow), Ravichandran Ashwin (back) and Hanuma Vihari (hamstring) will be monitored throughout the week. Bumrah, key to India's attack, sustained the strain during the drawn third Test in Sydney.

"Jasprit Bumrah suffered an abdominal strain while fielding in Sydney".

That would leave Mohammed Siraj, who has played two tests, to lead a pace attack likely containing Navdeep Saini, who made his test debut in Sydney. Six men were ejected before play resumed, and police and Cricket Australia are continuing investigations.

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