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‘Make beds, clean toilets’ – Indian team’s quarantine complaints divide opinion

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by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

The Indian team’s reported complaints surrounding their accommodation in Brisbane, which has been described as “a prison for all practical purposes” has divided opinion among cricketers and fans on social media.

An article by Fox Cricket did the round on social media two days ahead of the Brisbane Test, citing a report in The Times of India, which lists down India’s complaints from unnamed members of the travelling contingent.

“We are locked up in our rooms, have to make our own beds, clean our own toilets,” the report quotes a member as saying. “Food is coming from a nearby Indian restaurant which will be given to us on our floor. We can’t move out of the floor that’s been designated to us.”


The complaints extend to restrictions around ‘basic amenities’ such as swimming pool and gym due to Covid-19 guidelines, which is being seen as a potential issue for recovering members of the Indian team that has been beleaguered with injuries, and has been described as a “hospital ward”.

Fox Cricket mentions that a BCCI official confirmed that the use of lifts and gym has now been given to the players: “The board has been told that the team has been given access to all the lifts in the hotel. They can use a gym too. It has been assured that there will be room service and housekeeping.”

The detailed set of complaints earned plenty of attention on social media, adding to the existing interest around the closely-fought series.

Alyssa Healy, the Australia women’s cricketer, quote tweeted the link and replied with: “The Aus and NZ women’s teams did their quarantine in the same hotel last year. Here’s a shock – we survived….”, referring to the New Zealand women’s tour of Australia in September-October 2020.

7 Cricket presenter Trent Copeland replied to the tweet, with “I mean seriously, who makes their own bed ??”.

Many felt that the Indian team should make do with the restricted access, given the existing Covid-19 protocols in place.

Others, however, defended the Indian team, pointing out that most of that have been inside a bio-bubble since August, a month before the start of IPL 2020.

The fourth Test of the series, currently levelled at 1-1, begins in Brisbane on January 15.

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