Some of the Indian players can be expected to be land in some trouble in Australia for inadvertently breaching the bio-secure bubble protocols. Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, etc. were out eating in a restaurant when they met a fan who claims to have paid their bill too.
Accoridng to the recent reports, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia are looking into the matter after coming to know of the incident with the fan. The fan, by the name of Navaldeep Singh, paid their $118 dollar bill at the restaurant after surprisingly spotting some of the top Indian cricketers eating next to him at Secret Kitchen Chinese restaurant at Chadstone Shopping Centre.
The fan also claimed that he had an interaction with the players, clicked photos with them, and there are doubts that he even hugged wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant. Accoridng to the bio-secure rule of Cricket Australia, players are allowed to eat out at restaurants but have to be seated outdoors. As per the video posted by the fan, the players can be seen sitting indoors that too without masks on their faces.
So far, it hasn’t been proved that the Indian cricketers found breaching the social distancing guidelines as no pictures of them being in close contact with the fan have come out. Recent CA posted a huge fine on Brisbane Heat after their players Chris Lynn and Dan Lawrence were found to have taken a selfie with a fan. The two players as well as the franchise were penalized for the incident.
Cricket Australia has had a long and strenuous battle with the government in order to host the third Test in Sydney intact after multiple Covid-19 cases were reported in the city. If the Covid-19 guidelines were actually floated by the Indian players, the repercussions could be huge.