TOI has accessed BCCI’s latest communication with CA over the fate of the Test match. “The Indian team will play the fourth Test in Brisbane. But BCCI has told CA that arrangements for the team’s return to India should be made in a way that the team doesn’t have to stay back unnecessarily after the Test ends. The team’s departure should be immediate. If possible, they should cut out even the possibility of an overnight stay. The first flight back should be arranged. This is besides the request to allow the players to move freely in the hotel,” a senior BCCI official said on Saturday.
“We never objected to playing in Brisbane or any health protocol. The Test is very much on. At the moment, CA is working out the logistics with the local government and getting a clarity on the three-day lockdown imposed in Queensland,” the board official added.
No crowds for home series vs England
Fans will not be allowed in the stadiums for England’s full tour of India. There was speculation that BCCI may allow a small percentage of stadium capacity with the Covid-19 pandemic slowing down in the country and even movie theatres opening up. “The teams will be in hard quarantine. BCCI doesn’t want to take any chance with the home season so close. So, crowds will not be allowed,” the official said.
It is also learnt that the Team India players will be allowed to go to their respective homes for a few days before getting into the bubble for the home series against England, which begins in Chennai in the first week of February.
Fate of Ranji Trophy on Jan 17
BCCI is slated to hold its apex council meeting on January 17. A decision on whether the board will conduct Ranji Trophy, its premier first-class tournament, will be taken in the meeting.