Five Indian cricketers isolated in Melbourne as boards investigate protocol breach


Australian opener Matthew Wade reacted to reports on Sunday suggesting the Indian team is not keen on playing the fourth and final Test at Gabba, Brisbane because of quarantine conditions. Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are investigating the video and seeking whether there was a breach of biosecurity protocols. "Both teams have wanted to play the schedule as we've set out".

India and Australia are engaged in a four-Test series right now and the third match is due to start on January 7in Sydney. There were reports of a possible bubble breach from the Team India cricketers.

In a series of tweets, the fan posted a photo of the players sitting at a table before stating that he paid their bills.

It was only five days ago that CA confirmed Sydney would retain the third Test in the midst of a worrying cluster that began on the city's northern beaches but has since spread to other suburbs as well as Victoria and resulted in border closures around the country.

Asked if Cricket Australia could disallow the three players (Rohit, Pant and Gill) from taking part in the next Test, the official said: "Firstly, they are allowed to train".

It is understood that as per bio-security protocols provided by Cricket Australia, players are not just barred from indoor restaurants but they are also not supposed to avail any public transport.

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In all probability, the scenario will soon change with the current border closures meaning members of the public can not enter Queensland from Sydney without serving another two weeks in quarantine.

"That bubble is to protect the players and community".

Tony Shepherd, Venues NSW Chair, said that the SCG has taken significant measures to ensure the safety of fans attending the third Test.

While on Saturday morning a senior BCCI official said the Indian team is "well aware" of the COVID-19 protocols and had not violated any of them.

CA is expected to announce a redistribution of tickets for the third Test on Sunday, allowing patrons who bought them before the latest Sydney outbreak to be refunded.