Two more – minor – potential breaches of biosecurity protocols by India’s visiting Test team have been revealed.
The newly-reported incidents have emerged amid an investigation into five Indian Test stars potentially breaching COVID-19 guidelines by eating indoors at a Melbourne restaurant.
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The first of the new incidents occurred in early December, when captain Virat Kohli shopped at a Sydney baby store alongside teammate Hardik Pandya.
Kohli – who has since returned to India for the birth of his first child with superstar wife Anushka Sharma – purchased a number of items before the duo posed for pictures alongside staff.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Cricket Australia officials have since stated the pair breached biosecurity rules by not wearing masks inside the store.
Similarly, when the sides were in Adelaide the following week, a group of Indian players dined outdoors at Waffle and Coffee. According to the Herald, two of them went inside to orderer before the group ate outdoors – but the players who went inside were not wearing masks.
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According to the report, neither breach was officially reported to Cricket Australia, and both incidents lie at the minor end of potential breaches to the restrictions.
No punishment is likely.
Indian players are now reportedly seeking to avoid travelling to Queensland for the scheduled Brisbane Test due to strict quarantine protocols which would see them restricted to their team hotel except to train and play.
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Reports claim the India touring party would prefer the Test is rescheduled to be played in Sydney, allowing them more freedom to move around the city.
Queensland’s Shadow Sports Minister Tim Mander hit out at reports of Indian complaints.
“If the Indian cricket team wants to spit the dummy and disregard quarantine guidelines in Brisbane for the fourth Test, then they shouldn’t come,” Mander said.
“The same rules must apply for everyone. Simple.”