The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has started an investigation over an incident that saw some Indian players breach the COVID-19 protocol in Australia. This development takes place after a fan shared a picture of a bill at a restaurant that he paid for the Indian players.
The incident took place yesterday, when the Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma (who joined the team this week), Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini and Prithvi Shaw were seen enjoying at a restaurant.
One of the fans named Navaldeep Singh shared a video on Twitter of the cricketers sitting just in front of his table at the restaurant. In a thread of tweets, he also shared the picture of the bill amounting to $118.69 AUD (roughly 6685 INR) that he paid on behalf of the players.
Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant insisted on paying the fan the money but he refused instead hugged Rishabh Pant and asked for a selfie. Unfortunately, that didn’t end well for the Indian players as the incident led to Cricket Australia probing into the incident.
This is the first instance that any Indian player was seen breaching the bio-security bubble after their return to international cricket last month.
Now that BCCI has also started looking into the matter, they are set to investigate every detail and rule breached by the players during their visit to a restaurant in Melbourne.
The Indian team is due to play the third Test against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) starting January 7.