The Indian team is unhappy over the ‘Do it yourself’ way of life at the Brisbane hotel. Indians will have to make the bed, clean their toilets. Additionally, there will be no room service facilities and the players will not have access to the swimming pool. The Indian contingent landed in Brisbane on Tuesday afternoon for the final match of the four match Test series, which stands level at 1-1.
Indians were reluctant to make the trip to Brisbane because of several factors. The big one was the fear of being confined in their rooms when they were not at the ground, similar to the two weeks of hard quarantine when the visitors landed in Sydney in November.
However, Cricket Australia had ensured BCCI that the players will not have to undergo another hard quarantine. CA allowed the players to mingle in the team room, which eventually paved the way for the fourth test to be held in Brisbane.
Much to the dismay of the Indian contingent, there was no room service available at the Brisbane hotel. More than one person in the camp stated that they were not informed about the DIY life at the hotel. “There is a gym, a basic one,” one person said. “No pool, no room service, no housekeeping.”
There is no in-house food or beverage option available at the hotel. The players cannot order anything customized to their needs. However, they have the option of ordering through the food apps. The Indian team is not satisfied with the arrangements, given that a few players are travelling with their families.
The ban on using swimming pools has further irritated the Indian squad. Several players with niggles including Ashwin and Bumrah would have wanted to utilize the pool as a part of their recovery process. The final Test at the Gabba begins on January 15, which the series level at 1-1.