Melbourne: The latest Kovid-19 test made by Team India and support staff members before the third Test match in Sydney against Australia has come negative. The BCCI has given information about the matter.
The Indian team has reached Sydney for the third Test match starting on 7 January as per the schedule scheduled for Monday.
The BCCI said in a statement, “On January 3, 2021, players of the Indian cricket team and members of the support staff underwent RT-PCR testing for Kovid-19. The results of all tests have come negative.
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All of them were isolated after five Indian players, Rohit Sharma, opener Shubman Gill, wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant, fast bowler Navdeep Saini and batsman Prithvi Shaw, were caught eating video in an indoor restaurant, which Subsequent tests were conducted. A fan posted this video on Twitter.
Cricket Australia had announced that a joint investigation with BCCI was being conducted to see if these players had violated the biosafety protocol prepared for the series.
Although these five players were allowed to practice and travel with the team for the Sydney match, according to sources in the Indian team, all the players of the Indian team have been approved to play the third Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Despite BCCI and Cricket Australia announcing a joint inquiry into the alleged violation of the protocol, there has been no statement from both the boards for the last two days.
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According to the bio safe protocol that Cricket Australia has prepared, players are allowed to sit outside but they are not allowed to eat in the restaurant. According to team sources, the players said that they had gone to the restaurant to avoid the rain.
It seems that the Indian team is not happy with the way this controversy has arisen and Cricket Australia restaurant has to deal with it. After this, there was news in Australian media that the fourth Test match to be held in Brisbane could be difficult because the Indian team does not want to visit there due to strict segregation rules.
But as of now, the fourth Test match will start from January 15 in Gaba. The four-match series is still 1–1.