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Alyssa Healy mocks Team India over their Brisbane ‘jail hotel’ complaints

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Brisbane: Australia women’s cricketer Alyssa Healy landed herself in controversy as she mocked Team India for complaining over the poor facilities provided to them in Brisbane hotel comparing it to ‘5-star jail’. Her harsh comment came in response to a complaint made by India’s cricket board to BCCI over the inner-city hotel Men in Blue are staying at in Brisbane.

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“It’s turning out to be a five-star jail,” a member of the Indian contingent had told the media. Much of the discontent by team was because amenities such as the gym and swimming pool were not available for use.

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Upset by Team India’s complaint, the 30-year-old cricket star, while retweeting a tweet took a dig at the cricketers and said that the Australia and the New Zealand women’s national teams had also been quarantined at the same hotel in Brisbane last year without complaints.

Expectedly, her comment for sure attracted a lot of backlash from Indian cricket fans, lashing out at her due to the fact that many of the players have been in bio-secure bubbles or quarantining since the first few months of 2020, having also played the IPL 2020 in the UAE in September-November last year.

Moreover, the BCCI has taken up the matter to Cricket Australia and has reportedly complained them and its operations team over the inner-city hotel Team India is staying at. According to reports, an anonymous BCCI official stated that while the hotel facilities are ‘good’, it is turning out to be a ‘five-star jail’.

Meanwhile, a Team India source was quoted saying: “We are locked up in our rooms, have to make our own beds, clean our own toilets. Food is coming from a nearby Indian restaurant which will be given to us on our floor. We can’t move out of the floor that’s been designated to us.”

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Furthermore, Men in Blue were initially hesitant to travel to Brisbane mostly because of the strict quarantine rules in place in Queensland for anyone travelling from Sydney.

As of now, the Indian cricket team will take on the hosts at the Gabba in the 4th and final Test of the series from Friday, January 15 with the series currently tied at 1-1. Ajinkya Rahane and head coach Ravi Shastri will be scrambling for options considering the current injury crisis, while Sydney star R Ashwin also struggling with an injury. Teammates Hanuma Vihari, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja have officially been ruled out of the India vs Australia 4th Test 2021 due to injuries.

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