Otago Daily Times

In­dia’s quar­an­tine in Aus­tralia ap­proved

CRICKET

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SYD­NEY: Cricket Aus­tralia (CA) has been given the all­clear for the In­dia squad to quar­an­tine in Syd­ney ahead of their block­buster test series around the New Year, the Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald re­ported yes­ter­day.

The tourists had been sched­uled to ar­rive in Bris­bane and quar­an­tine there be­fore play­ing six short­form in­ter­na­tion­als in Queens­land and mov­ing on to Ade­laide for the first test in early De­cem­ber.

With time run­ning out be­fore the ar­rival of the play­ers next month, and ne­go­ti­a­tions with Queens­land health of­fi­cials stalling over as­pects of CA’s plans, how­ever, the gov­ern­ing body started ex­plor­ing other op­tions.

The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald said the New South Wales (NSW) gov­ern­ment had ap­proved CA's plans only 72 hours after they were lodged, clear­ing the way for the tourists to ar­rive in Syd­ney and play the short form matches there and in Can­berra.

CA of­fered no com­ment on the re­port when con­tacted

The In­dian and many top Aus­tralian play­ers will be ar­riv­ing from the United Arab Emi­rates, where the In­dian Pre­mier League (IPL) con­cludes on Novem­ber 10.

An agree­ment with the NSW gov­ern­ment would al­low CA to fi­nally con­firm the in­ter­na­tional sched­ule for the home sea­son, in­clud­ing the four tests against In­dia in Ade­laide, Mel­bourne, Syd­ney and Bris­bane. — Reuters

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