Cricket Australia confirmed on Saturday that 5 India players, Test vice-captain Rohit Sharma included, have been placed in isolation after they dedicated a potential breach in biosecurity protocols by consuming at a Melbourne restaurant earlier this week.
Australia and India are in the center of a four-match Test sequence with each side presently staying in Melbourne earlier than travelling to Sydney for the third Test from January 7.
Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, and Navdeep Saini have been purportedly seen consuming at an indoor restaurant in Melbourne in a video posted on social media. The fan, who was apparently seated near them, had tweeted about getting a hug from Pant however later retracted the declare after it raised severe questions on a breach of protocol.
While the BCCI brass had initially ruled out any investigation on its part, Cricket Australia’s late assertion stated a joint probe is on and the 5 have been remoted from the remaining workforce.
As per protocol, players are allowed to eat out, following social distancing norms.
“The BCCI and CA are investigating the matter and seeking to determine whether the outing constitutes a breach of biosecurity protocols,” Cricket Australia stated in a press release.
The isolation protocols have been put in place after consulting with medical groups.
“…on the advice of the medical teams, the aforementioned players have been placed in isolation as a precaution. This will include separating the group of players from the broader Indian and Australian squads when travelling and at the training venue,” CA said.
“The players – Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, and Navdeep Saini – have been separated from the Indian and Australian squads but will still train in accordance with the strict protocols.”
It is known that as per bio-security protocols offered by Cricket Australia, players have been instructed to not have meals at indoor eating places. They are presupposed to not avail any public transport however allowed a stroll across the cities the place they’re taking part in.
Questions are actually being raised as as to whether the executive supervisor and the cricket operations level particular person, who’re taking care of all of the modalities, have been conscious concerning the players’ motion and made them conscious concerning the particular guidelines for eating out.
India crushed Australia by eight wickets in the second Test in Melbourne, making an unbelievable comeback days after the debacle in the four-match sequence opener in Adelaide.
(with PTI inputs)