The Indian cricket team and its support staff have tested negative in the latest COVID-19 tests conducted in Melbourne ahead of the third Test against Australia in Sydney, the BCCI revealed on Monday. The third Test match between India and Australia will commence from January 7.
“Playing members of the Indian Cricket Team and support staff underwent an RT-PCR Test for COVID-19 on January 3, 2021. All tests have returned negative results,” the BCCI informed in a short statement.
The statement from BCCI comes a couple of days later when five Indian players — vice-captain Rohit Sharma, opener Shubman Gill, wicket keeper Rishabh Pant, pacer Navdeep Saini and batsman Prithvi Shaw — were kept in isolation after a video of them having dinner in an indoor restaurant was posted by a fan on Twitter.
Cricket Australia announced that a joint investigation with the BCCI will be organised to find out whether it was a breach of bio-security protocol for the series. The five players were allowed to train and travel with the team for the third Test in Sydney.
The four-match Test series has been equalized 1-1 as the visitors had a thumping victory over the Aussies in the second match of the bilateral series. Ajinkya Rahane was the skipper in the absence of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma was named the vice-captain for the upcoming two Test matches.