Melbourne: Indian team management believes that the five players – Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini – were in the clear and did not breach any protocols.
According to a statement released by Cricket Australia on Saturday, the players – Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini – have been separated from the Indian and Australian squads but will still train “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.
“The BCCI and CA are investigating the matter and seeking to determine whether the outing constitutes a breach of biosecurity protocols.
“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.
“Players will be permitted to train 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,” the BCCI release said.
This incident came into the limelight after an Indian cricket fan in Melbourne, Navaldeep Singh, who happened to be at the same restaurant had shared about it on social media.
Cricket Australia’s strict bio-security guidelines permit the players to eat out at restaurants, but they must be seated in an outdoor area.