BCCI intervenes after Indian team complains of no hotel facilities in Brisbane, access to all facilities assured

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(This story originally appeared in on Jan 12, 2021)

NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) are sorting out the issues faced by Indian team upon reaching the hotel in Brisbane on Tuesday. The Indian players were first informed that there won’t be any room service and housekeeping facilities and that they won’t be allowed to leave their floors.

However, BCCI promptly intervened and took the matter up with CA and the Indian Board has been assured that all the promised facilities will be extended to the team. “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 team has also been given a team room where they can assemble and have meetings. Only the swimming pool is not open for use,” a senior BCCI official told TOI on Tuesday.

The Indian cricket team reached Brisbane and the cricketers and support staff were given a rude shock on Tuesday when they were told that there won’t be any room service at the hotel. The issue did not go down well with the BCCI which took up the matter with CA.

BCCI officials have been in touch with CA over the last two weeks. BCCI was assured that the team will not have to be in hard quarantine during the Test. However, the players have now been asked to not leave their floors. The players were reassured that the matter will be resolved at the earliest when they conveyed the issues they were facing to the BCCI.

“The players are exhausted and have retired to their rooms. But they would like to go out for a stroll later in the day. You can’t expect a player to keep doing his room during this kind of tour. BCCI is always by the side of its players and will ensure they get the best treatment,” the official added.

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