Mumbai: The entire Indian contingent, including players and coaching staff, have tested negative for coronovirus after the latest round of tests in Melbourne on Sunday.
It includes five cricketers Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini – who were set aside for alleged bio-bubble breeches after visiting a restaurant.
“Indian cricket team members and support staff conducted RT-PCR test for COVID-19 on January 3, 2021. All tests yielded negative results,” the news agency ANI quoted the BCCI as saying.
Following the claims, the BCCI and Cricket Australia (CA) said they would investigate alleged violations of the protocol with five cricketers kept in isolation as a precaution. “In the interim, on the advice of the Australian and Indian medical teams, the above players have been kept in isolation as a precaution. This would include the separation of a group of players from the wider Indian and Australian teams during the trip and at the training site,” a CA statement read.
Despite ongoing questioning, it is unlikely that cricketers will be punished should they be found to break the protocol. Meanwhile, the two teams are scheduled to fly from Sydney today for the third Test which has been running since 7 January.
The series is currently closed at one each after India’s return to Melbourne after an eight-wicket win.