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Indian cricketers in isolation in Australia after alleged breach of COVID-19 safety protocols

Rida Shaikh

Five Indian cricket players including Rohit Sharma have been instructed to remain under strict isolation. This happened following the alleged breach of the biosecurity bubble in Melbourne. The incident took place on New Year's Eve and all the five players have been placed in isolation as a precautionary measure.

The incident came under notice after a fan posted a video of the vice-captain Rohit Sharma, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, pacer Navdeep Saini and openers Shubhman Gill and Prithwi Shaw dining at an indoor restaurant in Melbourne on his Twitter handle.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) have launched an investigation into the matter. Cricket Australia said, "The BCCI and CA are currently investigating the matter and finding out if there were any violations of the biosecurity protocols. In the interim, on the advice of the Australian and Indian 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 traveling and at the training venue."

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has not yet issued an official statement but an insider said that the issue should not necessarily be blown out of proportion. As per the insider, the players were verbally informed that, despite being in a bio-bubble created to especially deal with pandemics, they could eat out at a restaurant after prior intimation and information.

The source stated, "It is being ascertained in Australia whether the players had obtained permission, so let’s wait for a day till the primary investigation is over. Every member of both the squads is required to clear two more COVID-19 tests before the next Test anyway, so it would be premature to say right now that these cricketers are in danger of missing out on the Test."

 

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