It has oft been repeated and widely accepted that the international cricketers in India, enjoy demi-god status and are on par with the matinee idols, whom fans dote on! The Indian cricketers are also some of the highest paid athletes in the world and make quite a killing out of endorsements and also as match fees and sponsorships! The gruelling India-Australia Test series is underway with the fourth and final Test set to happen in Brisbane, at the Gabba. This match had been under the spotlight ever since the tour started, for the Queensland authorities, upon instruction by the New South Wales authorities are following strict quarantine measures, ever since a recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in that region. Some localities have also been deemed as hotspots!

The Indian team was reluctant to travel to Brisbane, as the initial reports suggested that they would be subject to hard quarantine, like the 14 days they had undergone after arriving in Australia, from the UAE. However, Cricket Australia stepped in and resolved the issue, stating that the Indian players movements would be restricted to their team hotel and the Gabba ground but that a hard quarantine would not be required. There were also concerns as the Indian players are expected to board a return flight, as soon as the 4th Test finishes, for they have to be back in India to prepare for the home series against England. However, it was only upon arriving in Brisbane did the Indian players know that there would be no housekeeping, access to the swimming pool or any in-house customised food and beverage to order.

The two teams will be catered to by a caterer from outside the hotel and they will not be able to customise their food. However, they're free to order on food delivery apps. The more frustrating issues are that with no housekeeping and no room service, the players are finding it difficult to manage. The swimming pool has been decreed as out of bounds for the players, for fear of community transmission of the virus. With some of the players travelling with their families, it has become very difficult for them, having to clean their own rooms and toilets. The players are allowed to mingle amongst each other in the Team room but they're not allowed to go anywhere else. It is also unclear if the players have to be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon return to India, as that would spoil their preparations for the series against England, which starts on February 5th! Stay tuned for updates...