Aus vs Ind – 4th Test – ‘No room service, no housekeeping’


Players restricted to hotel-ground loop but allowed to mingle in the team room at the hotel

Making the bed. Cleaning the toilet. No room service. Ordering food on apps. No access to the swimming pool. Not only will Ajinkya Rahane’s India have to deal with the mounting injuries on the field, they will also have to contend with new house – and housekeeping – rules on the final leg of their Australian journey. And it has rankled the Indian camp, which – along with the Australians – landed in Brisbane on Tuesday afternoon for the final Test at the Gabba, starting Friday.

India were very reluctant to travel to Brisbane because of a combination of factors. The big one was the fear of being restricted in their hotel rooms when not at the ground, reminiscent of the two-week hard quarantine the visitors observed upon landing in Sydney in November.

However, through lengthy deliberations over the past few weeks, Cricket Australia has assured BCCI that the Indian squad would not have to deal with a hard quarantine. As an example, though their movement would still be restricted between the hotel and the Gabba, they would be able to mingle in the team room. That finally paved the way for India agreeing to travel to Brisbane.

What annoyed the squad, though, was discovering on their arrival at the team hotel that there would be no housekeeping. More than one person in the Indian camp said they had never been told about the DIY life at the hotel. Although they were not allowed to roam freely in Sydney during the third Test either, they had the room service and housekeeping facilities at the hotel. Here, not so. “There is a gym, a basic one,” one person said. “No pool, no room service, no housekeeping.”

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