ROS BATES, the Queensland Shadow Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, has sent a blunt message to the touring India team after an official voiced complaints about coronavirus quarantine restrictions.
Australia have won the ODI series but lost the T20i series.
The test series is tied at 1-1 with the fourth and final test taking place in Brisbane, which is in the state of Queensland.
As per Daily Mail Australia, Ms Bates said: “If the Indians do not want to play by the rules, don’t come.”
Fellow Liberal Party legislator and sport spokesman, Tim Mander added: “If the Indian cricket team wants to spit the dummy and disregard quarantine guidelines in Brisbane for the fourth Test, then they shouldn’t come.”
Social media response to the comments has seen some suggest the remarks were an attempt to prevent a defeat in the series and the third test in Sydney, with former opening batsmen tweeting a picture of Jofra Archer with a knowing grip and the caption: “Indian team with Border-Gavaskar trophy in the bag.”
Steven Miles, the Deputy Premier for Queensland, and the Labor Party minister that Ms Bates is shadowing, is yet to comment on the issues surrounding the tour.
The state of Queensland has registered, at the time of writing, 1,260 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with six deaths.
Australia as a whole has had 28,504 cases with 909 deaths.
There are 83 public fever clinics operated in the state of Queensland according to ABC News.
Katarina Carroll, the police commissioner, has insisted the state border could be closed at short notice if a spike in case occurs.
Ms Carroll explained: “We’ve been shown to be very flexible and agile at putting together border closures very quickly.”
Mark Ryan, Police and Corrective Services Minister, has insisted the measures currently in place will not be relaxed exclusively for the India team.
Mr Ryan said: “Whether you’re playing for India, or whether you’re coming back from visiting family in another state, the rules apply equally.
“The Chief Health Officer will be monitoring this situation; if she recommends a certain course of action then of course we will support that, but it is her call and we’ll be waiting to hear her advice.”
A BBCI official told ANI, following the comments from Ms Bates: “The statement made by the public representative portrays Indians in poor light and let me assure you, we do not want to do anything other than to abide by the rules, and Rohit Sharma`s strict quarantine is a case in point. To try and propagate a view that we don’t wish to follow the rules is unacceptable and the tone and tenor, in which it was said seemed rife with hostility and bordered on racism. It is, therefore, not a surprise that a rethink is on the cards.
“If a representative of the public does not want us there, it is hurtful and the last thing we want is to upset the Australian fans who have given us so much love and support over the years. We do not wish to make it difficult for them or for Cricket Australia.”