Indian players suspected of a potential bubble breach

BCCI has started investigations on a potential bio-bubble breach by Indian players namely Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Navdeep Saini, and Prithvi Shaw.

Indian players suspected of bubble breach

Indian Cricket Team is currently residing in Melbourne after a great comeback victory in the Boxing Day Test at MCG. The third Test of the series will be played at SCG on January 7th. Due to the new wave of COVID-19 in New South Wales, the Indian team will be arriving in Sydney by January 4th.

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In the meantime, they continue their stay in Melbourne, and training sessions have also started there ahead of the third Test. Meanwhile, in this off period, Indian players are having some outings in Melbourne and one such outing has resulted in a possible bio-bubble breach.

On Friday few Indian players namely Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Navdeep Saini, and Prithvi Shaw were seen seated indoors at Secret Kitchen, noodles and BBQ restaurant at Chadstone Shopping Centre. There they had interactions with a fan called Navaldeep Singh. The fan paid the AUD 118.69 bill there for the Indian players.

According to the bubble protocols for the series, players and support staffs are restricted to do some things as a precautionary measure. They are not allowed to have much interaction with outsiders. They have to seat outdoors whenever they visit a restaurant. But the video released by Navaldeep Singh on social media suggested that there are possibilities of bubble breach by Indian players.

Reacting to the accusation, BCCI and Cricket Australia have started investigations to state whether a breach occurred or not. The restaurant management also confirmed that the players spent some time there as shown in the video footage.

As an early precautionary measure, the five players have been isolated from the broader India and Australia squads. “In accordance with the strict protocols that have been put in place to ensure the ongoing safety of all members of the Indian and Australian squads,” said a Cricket Australia statement on Saturday night.

“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.”

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