Amid all the hullabaloo around the suspected bio-bubble breach by five Indian cricketers, Team India is set to pick three of them- Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, and Rishabh Pant- in their playing 11 for the New Year Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, according to a report published in Sydney Morning Herald.
According to the same report, the team-management arranged two separate buses from the hotel to the gym so that the five players travel by maintaining ‘social distancing’ from the rest of the pack.
The report even claimed that Shubman Gill traveled in the same bus back to the hotel with his teammates, although, sources in the team-management maintained that all necessary precautions were taken.
Earlier, five Indian cricketers found themselves in the midst of a raging controversy after a video of them eating inside a Melbourne restaurant surfaced on social media.
A fan by the name of Navaldeep Singh had uploaded a video of Rohit Sharma, Navdeep Saini, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, and Prithvi Shaw dining together.
The fan had also claimed that he paid the bill of the cricketers- which he also uploaded- besides stating that Rishabh Pant even hugged him.
The claims sent alarm bells ringing of a possible bubble breach, paving way for CA and BCCI to launch an investigation besides putting all the five cricketers under isolation. The fan, however, retracted back from his earlier claim that Pant had indeed hugged him, adding that he said it out of excitement.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) were today alerted to a video post on social media that purported to show Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini eating at an indoor venue in Melbourne on New Year’s Day,” a statement from Cricket Australia said.
“The BCCI and CA are investigating the matter and seeking to determine whether the outing constitutes a breach of biosecurity protocols,” the statement added. 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 traveling and at the training venue,” it added.
Meanwhile, the entire Indian squad is set to travel together to Sydney on January 04. The third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will commence on January 07 at the iconic SCG.