Your entire Indian cricket contingent, together with the 5 players who’re in precautionary isolation, will journey to Sydney for the third Test towards Australia together in the identical chartered flight on Monday.
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The 5 players — vice-captain Rohit Sharma, opener Shubman Gill, stumper Rishabh Pant, pacer Navdeep Saini and batsman Prithvi Shaw — haven’t been barred from travelling with the group regardless of an ongoing investigation into an alleged bio-security protocol breach by them.
Cricket Australia, in a media launch on Saturday, mentioned it’s probing the matter jointly with the BCCI after a video of the players at an indoor restaurant was posted by a fan, who recognized himself as Navaldeep Singh on Twitter.
“For those who rigorously learn the CA assertion, they by no means mentioned that it’s a breach. They mentioned that they’re in search of to find out if it’s a breach.
“So there isn’t any restriction on these 5 players travelling with the group to Sydney. Your entire group is flying tomorrow afternoon,” a senior BCCI official instructed PTI on circumstances of anonymity.
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It’s understood that the controversy has not gone down properly with the travelling group, and it’s not amused with how Cricket Australia has up to now dealt with the difficulty.
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“Had the gentleman (the fan) in query not lied about hugging a participant (Rishabh Pant) on social media, this mess wouldn’t have occurred. The players had gone inside as a result of it was drizzling.
“This man, without permission, shot a video after which paid the invoice which nobody requested him to and after that for publicity put a display screen seize of the invoice,” the official mentioned.
“You wish to inform me that Cricket Australia shall be taking a call primarily based on a purported video of an individual who first lied after which retracted his assertion,” he added.
What was Administrative Supervisor Girish Dongre’s position?
For BCCI, the person beneath scanner is administrative supervisor Girish Dongre. Dongre is a worker of the BCCI and is meant to deal with and likewise maintain the group abreast with regard to the COVID-19 protocols.
“The players aren’t supposed to hold the protocol sheets or keep in mind each advantageous line written,” one other BCCI official mentioned.
“There’s a skilled group of people that have to make sure that each rule is being adopted, and it was Dongre’s responsibility to make sure that gamers are instructed that they’ll get into an indoor space,” he added.
Brisbane Test on as of now
The Australian media on Sunday claimed that the fourth Test in Brisbane has been jeopardised because the vacationers are reluctant to journey there in view of stricter quarantine guidelines. However, it’s learnt that the fourth Test, beginning on the Gabba from January 15, is on as of now.
The border restrictions between New South Wales (the venue of the third Test in Sydney) and Queensland state authorities is an issue.
Queensland has closed its borders for individuals travelling from New South Wales as a result of rising instances of COVD-19 in Sydney and surrounding areas.
However, there shall be an exception made for the Test match and players shall be in a stricter bio-bubble, just like the one within the IPL.
It may properly occur that with a purpose to play the Test match in Brisbane, the Indian group must be in a stricter bio-bubble from Sydney itself which might make for a tough quarantine (hotel-stadium-hotel) of around 15 days.
However, as of now, BCCI has not taken any name on asking CA to shift the Test match from Brisbane to Sydney.
“It’s a fluid state of affairs. Let’s anticipate a couple of extra days,” a BCCI official mentioned.