Although the five Indian players have become the centre of discussion for the past two days because of the alleged COVID-19 protocol breach, Team India is reluctant to play three out of those players, which include Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini.
After the video of the aforementioned player dining inside a hotel went viral, Cricket Australia stated that they will be isolating themselves from the other member of the team.
The SMH report says that the team management arranged two separate buses from the hotel to the gym so that the five players can travel while maintaining ‘social distancing’ from the rest of the squad. The report also states that Gill even returned in the same bus with his teammates to the hotel, however, the BCCI spokesman said all the necessary precautions were maintained.
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant will be in India’s playing XI:
However, the reports claim that Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant will be in the playing XI for the third Test.
Although it has still not been confirmed that India had violated the biosecurity or not, CA has said that they are investigating the matter and will take further action accordingly.
“The BCCI and CA are investigating the matter and seeking to determine whether the outing constitutes a breach of biosecurity protocols,” the statement by CA said. 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,” it added.
Navdeep Singh, an Indian fan, had posted footage of players dining on social media of the group at the restaurant, claiming that he had paid the $118.69 bill for the players. He also claimed that he hugged Pant.
Meanwhile, India will travel to Sydney on January 4 to start practising for the third Test, which is scheduled to begin on January 7.