A weird series of events unfolded on Twitter yesterday. Having met Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant and Navdeep Saini at a restaurant, an Indian fan tweeted about the incident and also added pictures. The tweet went viral, but has since then, proved to be a major source of controversy. The five cricketers involved are being doubted as having caused a potential bio-bubble breach and both BCCI and Cricket Australia have launched an investigation to deem the matter.
Despite, BCCI suggesting that there was no need to make a big issue out of this singular incident, the five players led by Rohit Sharma concerned have been placed under isolation and have also been tested. They have been separated from both the Indian and the Australian camp but will be allowed to train.
“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 statement from Cricket Australia read. According to the precaution, the five Indian players will be socially distanced from both the teams even while travelling and the step has been taken on the advice of Indian and Australian medical teams.
The BCCI and Cricket Australia boards are investigating to figure out whether the visit to the restaurant constitutes as a breach of bio-bubble protocols.
A similar incident also happened in the Big Bash League. A couple of Brisbane Heat players, including skipper Chris Lynn were found to violate bio-bubble protocols. As a result, they were socially distanced from the team and ground personnel and also played the game while maintaining social distancing. CA had also fined the club and both the players, imposing a strict precedent on these incidents.