India's superstar cricketers are suffering through a draconian hotel quarantine with rooms barely big enough to hold their equipment.
As they prepare for the crucial Brisbane test that will be watched by up to a billion fans across the globe, they have to clean their own toilets.
The conditions are in marked contrast to the luxury life of the quarantined AFL players, who got to sip cocktails by the pool and enjoy the company of their families ahead of the competition's finals.
The India team is being forced to isolate in Queensland by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk because of the government's declaration that Sydney is a 'hotspot'.
This is despite the Indians having been in Australia since November and not recording a single Covid case, or even being near one.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
A photo of wicket keeper Rishabh Pant's room in Sydney shows it crammed with equipment and uniforms with very little room to spare. The room is similar to what's available to the team in Brisbane.
WAGs and other women within the AFL quarantine hub were spotted enjoying the sun in September
Buddy Franklin (second left with Swans teammates) is seen lapping up the amenities at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort in Port Douglas in February
The luxury resort housing family and friends of AFL players was converted into an impenetrable fortress, complete with green mesh fences, security guards and warning signs to keep the public away
Cricketers arriving at the Sofitel in Brisbane on Tuesday complained of 'prison-like' conditions of being confined to the one floor, being deprived of room service and being refused entry to the pool and gym.
The squad - who are the only guests at the hotel and include some of the highest-paid sportsmen in the world - were not allowed to use the pool or access room service and were only fed from a local Indian restaurant.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Conditions only improved after India's cricket board complained to Cricket Australia, which intervened - but players are still banned from the pool and outside.
The harsh quarantine restrictions the India squad have been subjected to are seemingly a world away from the AFL hub in Queensland last year.
When Melbourne went into lockdown in the middle of the season, Victorian teams decamped to Queensland where they played the rest of their 'home' games.
Other teams from around Australia spent a month or so there, also in resort hubs, playing against Victorian and Queensland teams.
Then when Brisbane was chosen to host the Grand Final in October, about 400 AFL players and officials flew in at the beginning of September.
Ordinary Australians reacted with fury that they were given approval to dodge the state's hard border and live up isolation in luxury while travellers returning from overseas couldn't even open a window.
The Indian cricket team have complained about their treatment in a Brisbane quarantine hotel where they have to clean their own rooms and cannot leave their floor (pictured Indian players arrive for a training session at the Sydney Cricket Ground)
AFL WAGs and officials are seen lounging by Mercure's pool during their hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast in September
Nice for some! Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk came under fire for giving the green light for 400 people to quarantine in the AFL hub
'We are doing this quarantine the same as everyone else,' AFL boss Gill McLachlan said at the time.
But images and video told a different story - with the officials and families chilling out at the four-and-half star Mercure Gold Coast resort.
Aerial footage - published by Nine News - showed WAGs relaxing by the swimming pool at the quarantine resort as children splashed in the water.
The wives and girlfriends soaked up the sun with drinks in hand, just a few steps away from the poolside bar.
The vision came as regular Australians desperately fought to enter Queensland.
At the time, the Queensland government deemed all of Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT to be coronavirus hotspots.
Travellers from hotspot states who were granted a border declaration pass were required to spend 14 days in mandatory hotel quarantine, at their own cost.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg accused the Queensland government of double standards.
Indian players have complained they've been confined to their floor and can't access the hotel gym or pool
Birds eye video footage emerged in September, showing AFL officials and WAGs making the most of the luxury Mercure resort
Girlfriends of AFL players are seen arriving on the Gold Coast to join their players in the quarantine hub on July 30 (pictured)
Several players from Sydney Swans (midfielder forward James