Rohit Sharma. (Source: Twitter)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has requested Cricket Australia (CA) to relax quarantine for Rohit Sharma and Ishant as per a report in The Indian Express.

“BCCI is in talks with CA, which in turn is negotiating with the Australian government about a relaxation in the quarantine rules (for the two players). If the rules are relaxed, then both Rohit and Ishant could be available for the (second) tour game,” a BCCI official told The Indian Express.

The Australian government’s health advisory, as put out on the government website, says: “The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) recognises some other travellers should be exempt from quarantine requirements as long as they take steps to mitigate risk. These travellers must apply for a quarantine exemption in line with state and territory requirements.”

Asked if it would be mandatory for Rohit and Ishant to prove their match fitness in a tour game to be eligible for selection in the Test series, the BCCI official said: “It’s sort of not mandatory. At the same time, for a Test series in Australia, ideally the players should have match practice before going into the Tests. It’s difficult to directly go into the Test series. Then again, this is a call to be taken by the selectors and the team management. The BCCI doesn’t interfere in those matters.”