“If we can agree on how that would work to keep the community safe, that’s great.
“If they want to play more games here, we’ve welcomed sport of all different kinds here in Queensland and we’re happy to do that as long as we can reach an agreement on how that is COVID-safe.”
Dr Young said the same bubble process and conditions used to allow interstate AFL, NRL and netball teams to come into Queensland, would be enforced for the Australian cricket team.
“I know that those cricket matches that have been played in other states, those cricket players have been part of a bubble, and we have had that experience before,” she said.
“If the decision is for the match to go ahead in the current arrangements – and they have not yet been decided – they [players and officials] would remain in a bubble and come into quarantine in Queensland and continue to be part of a bubble.
“But, I stress, that those discussions are happening now and things could very well change, nothing has been determined at this stage.
“If they have been in a bubble in New South Wales and not come into contact with the general community in Sydney, if they remain in that bubble coming into Brisbane, then I think it could be done. But there is a lot of work to be done before the decision is made.”
Sydney has launched late bid to not only save its New Year fixture but also pinch the Brisbane Test.
While the improved coronavirus situation in Sydney’s northern beaches has raised hopes, the key issue is whether Queensland will grant exemptions to teams, and broadcast and CA event staff.
Any change in fixture would need approval from the Indian board, whose team would be better suited by two games at the spin-friendly Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Queensland border restrictions will not be reviewed before January 8, but a Queensland Health spokesperson said discussions were ongoing with Cricket Australia.
“Our priority is keeping Queenslanders safe and keeping transmission out of our community. We have been able to relax internal restrictions sooner than other states because we have been cautious with our borders.”
– with Andrew Wu
Toby Crockford is a breaking news reporter at the Brisbane Times