Cricket: India given all-clear to quarantine in Sydney before Australia tour

Cricket: India given all-clear to quarantine in Sydney before Australia tour

Leadership: Captain Virat Kohli guided India to the victory that decided the Test series in
India captain Virat Kohli guided his team to the victory that decided the Test series against Australia in Melbourne in 2018. (File photo: AFP/William West)

SYDNEY: Cricket Australia has been given the all-clear for the India squad to quarantine in Sydney ahead of their blockbuster test series around the New Year, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on Thursday (Oct 22).

The tourists had been scheduled to arrive in Brisbane and undergo quarantine there before playing six short-form internationals in Queensland and moving on to Adelaide for the first test in early December.

With time running out before the arrival of the players next month, and negotiations with Queensland health officials stalling over aspects of Cricket Australia's plans, however, the governing body started exploring other options.

The Sydney Morning Herald said the New South Wales government had approved Cricket Australia's plans only 72 hours after they were lodged, clearing the way for the tourists to arrive in Sydney and play the short-form matches there and in Canberra.

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Cricket Australia offered no comment on the report when contacted by Reuters.

The Indian players and many of their Australian counterparts will be arriving from the United Arab Emirates where the Indian Premier League (IPL) concludes on Nov 10.

An agreement with the New South Wales government would allow Cricket Australia to finally confirm the international schedule for the home season, including the four tests against India in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Source: Reuters/kg

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