Members of the Indian cricket team, including the staff members as well as the players, underwent RT-PCR test for COVID-19 on Sunday and have tested negative for the virus.
The test was carried out in view of a possible breach of the COVID-19 biosecurity protocols by five Indian players, namely, Indian vice captain Rohit Sharma, Shubham Gill, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, and Navdeep Saini. An investigation of a potential biosecurity breach was carried out on the five players after an image of the players eating at a restaurant was posted by a fan on Twitter went viral.
All the five players underwent the coronavirus test and have returned negative results, giving a great relief to the Indian cricket governing body.
“Playing members of the Indian Cricket Team and support staff underwent an RT-PCR Test for Covid-19 on January 3, 2021. All tests have returned negative results,” the BCCI confirmed.
The Indian team vice captain, along with the four other cricketers were made news after they were found dining in an indoor restaurant on the New Year’s eve in Melbourne. The incident came to light after a fan posted pictures of the cricketers eating at the restaurant. He also posted the picture of the bill of the players, claiming to have paid for them.
Following this, all the members of the Indian cricket team were isolated and had to undergo tests to confirm they had not contracted the virus.
This incident has also given rise to a controversy regarding the fourth Test between the two teams, scheduled to be held in Brisbane. Queensland’s Health Shadow Minister Ros Bates has passed a rather derogatory comment saying that the Indian team should not come to play if they don’t want to follow the rules, which has sparked tensions between the two cricket boards.