Friday, April 16

India vs Australia: BCCI pressure forces CA to act on hotel amenities for Team India in Brisbane | Cricket News

India vs Australia: BCCI pressure forces CA to act on hotel amenities for Team India in Brisbane | Cricket News

MUMBAI: Under pressure from the BCCI to “stick to the earlier commitment” and provide the Indian team with basic amenities at the team hotel such as access to a gymnasium, swimming pool and timely service of food and beverages, Cricket Australia (CA) has begun taking steps to ease restrictions and make facilities available to the Indian cricketers in Brisbane on Wednesday.
However, Team India sources told TOI that facilities such as housekeeping and room-service had still not begun at the five-star hotel, four kilometres away from the Gabba, where the Indian team has been accommodated.
“It’s already around 8 pm here. Nothing has moved on that front (housekeeping, etc). We’re hoping things will be in place by tomorrow (Thursday) morning,” they added.

It is learnt that BCCI’s top officials and executives ended up in an argument of sorts with CA officials over the way things were being handled by the authorities in Brisbane.
“They (CA) were just being adamant about basic things. Now, the issue is not that the BCCI was asking them to go out of the way. These were commitments made by Cricket Australia prior to the start of the series. We’re hoping by tomorrow, everything is in place as requested,” top BCCI officials said.

A section of the pool area has been made open for the Indian cricketers to access, as well as a section of the gym.
“Two days to go before the match begins. Once the Test begins, things will automatically change because players will spend most of the day at the stadium and a Test match routine, anyway, will occupy the players’ minds. They could’ve done this earlier itself. For 48 hours, they’ve ended up psyching out the players for no reason,” Team India sources added.

The Indian team, struggling with multiple injuries, has been sweating to put in place their best playing XI. After having shocked the cricketing fraternity in Australia with a determined show in the second and the third Tests, Team India is looking to put its best foot forward at the Gabba and make a big statement.
“The last time India made a statement of sorts here at this venue was when Sourav Ganguly struck that memorable 144 at the start of the 2003-04 series. The cricketers should draw inspiration from that knock. In fact, Ganguly needs to have a word with the players to see if he can boost their confidence ahead of this all-important game,” say those tracking developments.

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