5 Indian cricketers accused of Covid protocol breach

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Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini have all been placed in isolation after a video of them sitting at a table in a Melbourne restaurant was posted on the Twitter account of Navaldeep Singh.

Singh suggested on Friday he paid the bill for the table then hugged Pant, although on Saturday he claimed there was no hug and players kept their distance.

The incident has fanned a huge controversy with the New South Wales government under huge pressure to disallow fans for the Sydney test that starts on 7th January.

As a result, the five players will be kept separate from the broader Indian and Australian squads when travelling.

However, they will be permitted to train in accordance with strict protocols that have been put in place.

Players and staff are permitted to leave the hotel but must dine outdoors.

Earlier in the season, Cricket Australia penalised Brisbane Heat after Chris Lynn and Dan Lawrence’s biosecurity breaches, fining the club $50,000 and each player $10,000.

However, the BCCI remains firm on its stance that there was no breach of protocols 

And despite the massive outcry in the Australian press, Rohit, Shubman and Pant are expected to feature in the third Test despite the ongoing inquiry.