Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini have been placed under precautionary isolation after a video surfaced on social media which showed the players dining in an indoor restaurant in Melbourne on New Year’s Day.
A fan posted a video of the five cricketers in the restaurant and also tweeted that he paid the bill for the cricketers, receiving a hug from Rishabh Pant in return, which was he retracted in a later tweet.
In a media release, both BCCI and CA are “investigating the matter and seeking to determine whether the outing constitutes a breach of biosecurity protocols.”
“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,” stated a release from Cricket Australia.
Cricket Australia have imposed strict quarantine rules to ensure safety of the players and reduce their chances of being infected with the virus. The players are allowed to dine in restaurants but they are required to sit in open air places.
Strict action was taken against Brisbane Heat players, Chris Lynn and Dan Lawrence after they were found to be breaching the biosecurity protocols in place for the Big Bash League.