5 Indian cricketers in quarantine after Melbourne dinner date

Published January 2, 2021
India's Rohit Sharma (C) chats with teammates during a training session at the MCG in Melbourne on January 2. — AFP
India's Rohit Sharma (C) chats with teammates during a training session at the MCG in Melbourne on January 2. — AFP

Five India cricketers were placed in isolation while the Australian and Indian cricket boards investigate allegations of breach of biosecurity protocols after a video surfaced showing the players eating at a Melbourne restaurant.

A video posted on social media showed Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Navdeep Saini and Prithvi Shaw eating together on New Year's Day.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) are investigating the matter and seeking to determine whether the outing constitutes a breach of biosecurity protocols,” CA said in a statement.

“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 travelling and at the training venue.”

The Indian players will be allowed to train while adhering to the biosecurity protocols, the host governing body added.

According to the strict biosecurity protocols set by CA, players are allowed to sit outside but not allowed to dine inside restaurants.

The board had fined Big Bash League side Brisbane Heat after their players Chris Lynn and Dan Lawrence breached biosecurity measures earlier this season.

Australia and India are in the middle of a four-Test series, being played in the backdrop of strict health measures, with both sides currently staying in Melbourne before travelling to New South Wales for the third test in Sydney from Thursday.

New South Wales on Saturday made masks compulsory and imposed new restrictions as its coronavirus cluster expanded by seven but the test match was permitted to go ahead with attendance at 50 per cent capacity.

Australia has reported more than 28,450 Covid-19 cases and 909 deaths since the pandemic began and has since March closed its borders to all non-citizens and permanent residents.

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