Cricket Australia said on Saturday that five Indian cricket players were quarantined after being posted on social media on Friday after being seen eating at an indoor venue in Melbourne.
Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini have been separated from the Indian and Australian squads, but will continue to “train” according to strict protocols in place to ensure safety. Indians and all members of the Australian squad,” the Cricket Australia statement said Saturday night, a report from cricket.com.au said.
“BCCI and CA are investigating this issue and are trying to determine whether that outing constitutes a biosecurity protocol violation.
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“In the meantime, following the advice of the Australian and Indian medical teams, the aforementioned athletes have been quarantined as a precautionary measure. This includes separating players groups from the wider Indian and Australian squads when traveling and at training locations,” Cricket Australia announced.
BCCI and CA are currently investigating this issue and are trying to determine whether that outing constitutes a biosecurity protocol violation.
Cricket Australia said, “We took similar steps at BBL this season after two of the Brisbane hit players were found to have failed to comply with the tournament biosecurity protocol.
In a conversation with ANI earlier on Saturday, sources aware of the team’s progress said that the player followed all safety protocols, the fans made a direct U-turn and no investigation was required. Physical contact after first claiming that Pant hugged him.
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“The boys just went to the restaurant to buy food. They followed all the necessary protocols, checked the temperature and performed proper disinfection before sitting at the table. There is no need to create problems with this. For all the questions that the fan hugged the fan, he confessed to himself that he said so because he was excited,” the source pointed out.
The Indian and Australian teams are currently in Melbourne as they are training for the third test in the series at the Sydney Cricket Ground starting January 7th. Both teams are heading to Sydney on Monday.
In a series of tweets earlier, a fan claimed that he had paid Indian players’ bills at the restaurant. He also said that he ordered extra food so that he could see the players eating at the restaurant. He went on to add that he was hugged by Pant.
But on Saturday he said, “The pants revealed that they didn’t hug me. We maintained social distancing through J Apologies for miscomication @BCCI @CricketAus @dailytelegraph (sic).”
(Using ANI input)