Recently, an Australian minister made a distasteful comment on Team India to play the fourth Test at the Gabba, Brisbane under the strict rules. Her comments regarding the strict quarantine rules in the state haven’t gone down well with BCCI. Now Indian cricket board official replied to her comment.
Queensland’s Health Shadow Minister Ros Bates said, “If the Indians don’t want to play by the rules, don’t come.” She gave this statement when some reports claimed that Team India don’t want to play in Brisbane due to strict quarantine rules.
According to the reports of news agency ANI, BCCI is thinking to end the Border-Gavaskar trophy after the third test which is scheduled in Sydney.
BCCI replied to Australian minister’s comment:
In a conversation with ANI, BCCI official said, “The statement made by the public representative portrays Indians in poor light and let me assure you, we do not want to do anything other than to abide by the rules, and Rohit Sharma’s strict quarantine is a case in point.”
To try and propagate a view that we don’t wish to follow the rules is unacceptable and the tone and tenor, in which it was said seemed rife with hostility and bordered on racism. It is, therefore, not a surprise that a rethink is on the cards.”
“If a representative of the public does not want us there. It is hurtful and the last thing we want is to upset the Australian fans who have given us so much love and support over the years. We do not wish to make it difficult for them or for Cricket Australia,” the official said,” he added.
On the other side, Cricket Australia said, “We’ve had nothing formal from the BCCI to suggest anything other than they’re supportive. Both teams have wanted to play the schedule as we’ve set out.”