Injury-ravaged Indian team trains in Brisbane

Shahbaz Nadeem

Shahbaz Nadeem

India's cricket board has reportedly complained to the BCCI and its operations team over the inner-city hotel they are staying at in Brisbane. However, sources close to Zee News said, "The team members now have the permission to move around on the floors on which the rooms have been allocated to the Indian team".

Stating that how will a team suffering from injury concerns recover, the source revealed how the team did not even have the basic amenities and that the hotel was empty.

Apparently, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah are in touch with Cricket Australia over the hotel and they hope to resolve the matter amicably. "It's empty. Then why can't the players use the amenities", they added, describing the scenario as "pathetic". It has been assured that there will be room service and house keeping. The team was also seen in a huddle at The Gabba, where Shastri was seen to be giving a pep talk. Only the swimming pool is not open for use'. The swimming pool can not be accessed while the gym is not of worldwide standards. But they would like to go out for a stroll later.

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Mohammed Shami could not take any part in the series after the first Test due to a broken arm while Umesh Yadav was ruled out of the last two Tests with a strained calf muscle.

If Bumrah is ruled out, he would become the latest in a lengthy list of Indian stars who are unavailable for the Gabba decider.

Australian opener Will Pucovski is in doubt for the final Test of the series against India, after he suffered a shoulder injury at the Sydney Cricket Ground. SCG Test hero Rishabh Pant shared a picture with his gym partners - Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, and some members of the support staff.

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Bumrah picked up the abdominal strain during the third Test in Sydney.

The fourth and final Test starts in Brisbane on January 15th.

India's squad depth will be seriously tested, with the BCCI unable to call in any more reserves because of travel restrictions in place for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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