Cricket Australia (CA), on Saturday, revealed that five Indian players including Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini have been placed in isolation after a video of them eating at indoor restaurant in Melbourne emerged.
Earlier, the BCCI had brushed aside reports relating to breach of COVID-19 protocols as Australian media reported the same.
The reports of Australian media were likely based on a fan’s tweet.
Notably, the man identified as Navaldeep Singh, tweeted pictures and videos of cricketers Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini and Shubman Gill, having a meal at a restaurant. The fan, who claimed that he was seated close to the players, asserted Pant hugged him after he paid for the players’ meal.
Bc mere saamne waale table par gill pant sharma saini fuckkkkkk pic.twitter.com/yQUvdu3shF
— Navaldeep Singh (@NavalGeekSingh) January 1, 2021
In a series of tweets that comprised photos and videos, Singh claimed that he had cleared a $118.69 bill for the Indian cricketers. He also wrote about the brief interaction with the players when they found out their bill had been paid. The tweets by the Indian fan sparked a controversy regarding the breach of COVID-19 protocols.
Considering this, a report in the Sydney Morning Herald stated, “The Indian board is investigating an apparent breach of Cricket Australia’s bio-security protocols after several Test stars were filmed dining out in a Melbourne restaurant.” However, the report wasn’t backed by any statement from either of the two boards.