Mumbai: Cricket Australia said on Saturday that Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, and Navdeep Saini have been kept in isolation as a precaution as these five players were seen eating at an indoor venue in Melbourne on New Year’s Day.
The Cricket Australia release said: “In the interim, on the advice of the Australian and Indian medical teams, the aforementioned players have been kept 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 (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) were alerted to a video post on social media showing Rohit, Pant, Gill, Shaw, and Saini eating at an indoor venue in Melbourne on New Year’s Day.
The BCCI and CA are now investigating the matter and are trying to determine whether the outing violates the biosecurity protocol. To ensure the ongoing safety of all members of the Indian and Australian squads, the players will be trained according to strict protocols.
Cricket Australia continued, “Similar measures were taken during BBL this season after two Brisbane Heat players failed to follow tournament biosecurity protocols.”
The Indian and Australian teams are currently in Melbourne as they are training for the third Test of the series which is to be played at Sydney Cricket Ground from 7 January. Both teams will travel to Sydney on Monday.
Earlier, in a series of tweets, a fan claimed that he had paid the bills of Indian players at the restaurant. He also said that he ordered additional food so that he could watch the players eating at the restaurant. He said that he was hugged by Pant.
But on Saturday, he pushed out a clarification saying: “Pant never hugged me it was all said in excitement we maintained social distance all thru J Apologies for miscommunication @BCCI @CricketAus @dailytelegraph (sic).