India Squad, Including Lonely Five, Will Commute To Sydney Together: Outline


All of the Indian cricket contingent, including the five players who are in precautionary isolation, will trip to Sydney for the third Test against Australia together in the same chartered flight on Monday. The five players — vice-captain Rohit Sharma, opener Shubman Gill, stumper Rishabh Pant, pacer Navdeep Saini and batsman Prithvi Shaw — have not been barred from travelling with the team despite an ongoing investigation into an alleged bio-security protocol breach by them.

Cricket Australia, in a media release on Saturday, said it is probing the matter jointly with the BCCI after a video of the players at an indoor restaurant was once posted by a fan, who identified himself as Navaldeep Singh on Twitter.

“Whether you carefully read the CA observation, they never said that it is a breach. They said that they’re seeking to decide whether it is a breach.

“So there’s no restriction on these five players travelling with the team to Sydney. All of the team is flying the next day to come afternoon,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

It is understood that the controversy has not gone down polite with the travelling team and it isn’t amused with how Cricket Australia has so far handled the issue.

“Had the gentleman (the fan) in question not lied approximately hugging a player (Rishabh Pant) on social media, this mess do not need happened. The players had gone within because it was once drizzling.

“This guy, without permission, shot a video and then paid the invoice which no one asked him to and after that for publicity put a screen seize of invoice,” the official said.

“You wish to have to tell me that Cricket Australia will be taking a decision based on a purported video of a person who first lied and then retracted his observation,” he added.

What was once Administrative Manager Girish Dongre’s role?

For BCCI, the man under scanner is administrative manager Girish Dongre. Dongre is an employee of the BCCI and is supposed to take care of and also retain the the team abreast approximately the COVID-19 protocols.


“The players don’t seem to be supposed to carry the protocol sheets or take into accout each fine line written,” another BCCI official said.

“There’s a professional team of people that have to make certain that each rule is being followed and it was once Dongre’s duty to make certain that players are told that they are able to’t get into an indoor area,” he added.

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