BCCI investigating a potential bio-bubble breach after Rohit Sharma and 4 other Indian players meet an Indian fan in Melbourne
The third Test between Australia and India is set to be played from January 7.
Updated - Jan 2, 2021 11:22 am
The four-match Test series between Australia and India is interestingly poised at 1-1 at the moment. The third Test is set to be played in Sydney from January 7. The visitors have resumed training ahead of the crucial game but they are also dealing with a potential bio-bubble breach in Australia. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and Navdeep Saini had visited a restaurant in Melbourne on the New Year’s Day.
A fan named Navaldeep Singh spotted them and paid their bill as well. He posted the picture of the players and also narrated the whole incident on his Twitter handle as it went viral on social media. The players also clicked a picture with him and moreover, Rishabh Pant hugged him.
But it seems the players have ended up breaching the Cricket Australia’s bio-security protocols. The players and staff from both the teams have to follow strict measures to minimise the chances of the series getting affected. They are allowed to eat out but were told to be seated outdoors.
However, the staff at Secret Kitchen, a noodles and BBQ restaurant at Chadstone Shopping Centre, where the players dined, confirmed to Sydney Morning Herald that the Indian cricketers were seated indoors. The BCCI is now reviewing the video which has gone viral even as the board’s spokesman declined to comment on the matter as of now. Even CA is yet to come out and open up on the same yet.
Queensland monitoring the situation closely
India and Australia are set to play the fourth and final Test of the series in Brisbane. But nothing is still confirmed as of yet with Queensland government still reviewing the situation in New South Wales and Victoria. There is still a chance of the last two Tests to be played in Sydney only if the COVID-19 situation worsens.
Victoria recorded 10 new local coronavirus cases on Saturday but the Queensland borders are not yet closed for them. Queensland has already closed its borders for NSW and the situation in Victoria will be reviewed on January 8.
Meanwhile, the potential bio-bubble breach from the Indian players will also play a vital role it seems and Rohit Sharma, along with four others, might have to get tested for COVID-19 before entering the bubble again.