Australian star wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy has taken a swipe at the Indian cricket team as she called for players to stop ‘whingeing’ about their stay in hotel quarantine, after they compared it to being locked in a ‘prison’.
Players were furious when they arrived at the Sofitel in Brisbane on Tuesday ahead of the final Test match at the Gabba to find they had to clean their own toilets and make up their own rooms.
The team was so outraged at the accommodation that Indian cricket officials were forced to step in and resolve the issues – giving the pampered players access to the gym and daily cleaners.
But Healy, who is married to Australian fast bowler, Mitchell Starc, said both the women’s national team and the New Zealanders had earlier quarantined at the Sofitel – without uttering a single complaint.
‘The Aus and NZ women’s teams did their quarantine in the same hotel last year. Here’s a shock – we survived….’ she tweeted on Wednesday.
Australian star wicketkeeper, Alyssa Healy, (pictured with husband and fast bowler, Mitchell Starc) has given a blunt message to the Indian cricket team who complained their stay in hotel quarantine was similar to being locked up in a ‘prison’
Prithvi Shaw of India is seen arriving at the Sofitel Hotel in Brisbane on Tuesday
The tweet divided cricket fans and the uproar was so big that Healy was forced to double down on her comments a day later.
‘For those of you having a a huge whinge (most). Here’s some perspective,’ she tweeted.
‘We’re in a GLOBAL pandemic. Countries are shut, people are dying and international travel is remarkably hard especially for those trying to come home.
‘The fact that we (yes I play cricket as a woman) are able to travel the world and still do our job whilst many around the globe have lost theirs is a privilege.
‘It’s tough, it’s not easy everyone has to sacrifice things – but it’s still a privilege and a choice we made to keep our sport going.
‘Government mandated quarantine isn’t much fun but at least cricketers can get out and train/play for trophies which clearly mean so much. Just have a little perspective people!’
While some agreed with Healy, others suggested India’s frustration stemmed from having already spent close to five months in various bio-bubbles quarantining.
‘Most of the players have been in quarantine for more than four months now. Half of the squad is dealing with severe injuries. The last thing you would want is to ask them clean the rooms and bathrooms,’ someone replied.
‘What’s wrong with requesting hygiene service when you are getting ready for the last leg of a physically and mentally draining tour? Just a reminder, Indian team has been away from home for the entirety of the period,’ another said.
Players were furious when they arrived at the Sofitel in Brisbane on Tuesday ahead of the final Test match at the Gabba to find they had to clean their own toilets and make up their own rooms (pictured, players arriving at the hotel on Tuesday)
Indian cricket commentator, Harsha Bhogle, also threw in his two cents, and called on the Australian team to cut their rivals a bit of ‘slack’.
‘My feeling is that these are quotes picked out of a larger conversation. Everyone is on edge and I think the key is what they were promised versus what they were delivered,’ Bhogle tweeted.
‘These are stressful times for everyone. Let us all cut each other some slack.’
Australian golfer, Karrie Webb, also weighed in on the debate and sided with Healy.
‘Oh bless!! Such a struggle for them! Every athlete in the world has had to deal with change during this time if they want to compete at their sport. Built in excuse maybe?’ she said.
The tweet came after it was revealed the visiting team were disappointed with their new accommodation and were only offered food from a local Indian restaurant.
Indian players have complained they’ve been confined to their floor and can’t access the hotel gym or pool (pictured, the team arriving in Brisbane on Tuesday)
The players arrived at the Sofitel in Brisbane on Tuesday ahead of the final Test match which will start at The Gabba on Friday (India player is pictured arriving at Brisbane Airport)
Players were also angry that the gym and pool were off limits and none of the restaurants or cafes in the hotel were open.
‘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,’ a team source told the Times of India.
The source said the situation was ‘pathetic’ because no other guests were staying in the hotel.
‘What was promised, by way of facilities, and what’s being provided here are two diametrically opposite things,’ they said.
They have since been given access to lifts, a gym, room service, housekeeping and a meeting room.
The fourth and final Test will kick off at the Gabba on Friday.
After the complaints from the Indian team surfaced, officials quickly stepped in to resolve the issue (pictured, players at the SCG on day three of the Test on January 9)
The Test series has been marred with controversy so far with doubt earlier surfacing if India would even make the trip to Brisbane.
The team was not happy to spend another fortnight in hotel quarantine having already spent two weeks in quarantine when they arrived in Australia.
Officials earlier suggested the match be played in another city – with a second Sydney Test named as an option – to avoid the need for another stint locked in a hotel.
CA finally said on Monday that India’s touring party confirmed with them they were happy to play in Brisbane and agreed to the city’s quarantine protocols.
Meanwhile, day four of the third cricket test at the Sydney Cricket Ground was interrupted after India’s Mohammed Siraj stopped play and told umpires he was targeted with racist remarks by fans.
Six spectators were escorted from the ground and Cricket Australia issued an apology to the India team and said it would ‘prosecute the matter to its fullest extent’.
However nearby fans said there was ‘nothing abusive’ about the comments from the ejected fans, and it was ‘just bantering’.
India captain Virat Kohli, who is back home to be with his expectant wife, was incensed by the incident and took to Twitter to demand more action against crowd abuse.
‘The incident needs to be looked at with absolute urgency and seriousness and strict action against the offenders should set things straight for once,’ Kohli said on Twitter.
‘Racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable. Having gone through many incidents of really pathetic things said on the boundary lines, this is the absolute peak of rowdy behaviour. It’s sad to see this happen on the field.’
Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity and Security Sean Carroll insisted the matter will be dealt with.
Siraj stopped play to make a formal complaint to officials about some spectators in the bay behind his fielding position at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday
Six men were ejected from the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday and escorted from the venue by police