The news of five Indian players – Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, and Navdeep Saini – being placed on isolation due to an investigation about a possible breach of bio-security protocol set Twitter on fire.
Cricket Australia on Saturday confirmed that they and BCCI have launched a joint investigation and separated Rohit, Pant, Shaw, Gill, and Saini from the rest of the Indian and Australian squads in Melbourne.
This was after a fan put out a video of the players eating at an indoor restaurant on Twitter on Friday. He claimed to have been seated close to them and also talked about getting a hug from Pant after he paid for the players’ meal. He later retracted the claim about the hug after it raised serious questions on a breach of protocol.
There were mixed reactions on Twitter on the investigation launched by CA.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the five Indian players being isolated till the investigation
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) were today alerted to a video post on social media that purported to show Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini eating at an indoor venue in Melbourne on New Year’s Day,” CA said in a statement.
India and Australia are engaged in a four-Test series right now and the third match is due to start on January 7 in Sydney.
As per protocol, players are allowed to eat out in outdoor settings, following social distancing norms.
“The BCCI and CA are investigating the matter and seeking to determine whether the outing constitutes a breach of bio-security protocols.”The isolation protocols were put in place after consulting with medical teams.
BCCI, meanwhile, have decided to back the Indian players as they believe there was no deliberate attempt on the players’ part to breach the bio-secure protocol.
The players will be permitted to train in accordance with the protocols that have been put in place.It is understood that as per bio-security protocols provided by Cricket Australia, players were told not to have meals at indoor restaurants. They are supposed to not avail any public transport but allowed a walk around the cities where they are playing.
The India vs Australia third Test will begin on January 7 and the two teams will arrive in Sydney a couple of days before the scheduled start.
(With PTI inputs)