Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin on Sunday (January 3) alleged that Team India don’t want to go to Brisbane for the fourth Test as the hosts boast an impeccable record at the venue.
According to a report published in Cricbuzz, the Ajinkya Rahane-led side is reluctant to travel to Brisbane for the final Test as they fear getting pushed back into another severe quarantine.
"From a cricket point of view, why would India want to go to the Gabba? No one wins at the Gabba, Australia plays really good cricket there and no one's won for a really long time (besides the Aussies). There's a lot of moving parts here. The one thing is these guys have been in a bubble for a long, long time and they might just start to be getting a little bit tired," Haddin told Fox Cricket.
"But you can't move a Test match - if a state doesn't have any virus - just because you're over the quarantine. You came to Australia knowing exactly what was going to happen... you knew there were restrictions, you knew this could've happened. Yes, it's been a long time now they've been in quarantine first with IPL and now with the Australian summer. But it's the same with the Australian teams, we haven't heard them whinge and they've just got on with it. To me, it just looks like they're trying not to play at the Gabba," he added.
With reports emerging that the Indian squad is not too keen to travel to Queensland if strict quarantine protocols need to be followed, the state's Health Shadow Minister Ros Bates said that rules need to be followed before adding that the Indian team should not come if they do not want to abide by the rules.
Meanwhile, former Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds has said that the BCCI might have its way in the end.
"Have you ever had any dealings with the BCCI? They seem to have a fair bit of power over people. It comes down to probably what the Queensland government's going to allow them to do... But I can't see India not getting their way, to be honest with you," Symonds told Fox Cricket.
Team India will travel from Melbourne to Sydney on Monday (January 4) and train for only two days before the third Test at the SCG. The tourists had won the Boxing Day Test by 8 wickets to level the series at 1-1.
The fourth Test is scheduled at the Gabba in Brisbane from January 15.
(With ANI inputs)