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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

BCCI has issued strict instructions to the Indian cricket team to stay in-door ahead of the fifth Test at Edgbaston starting on July 1 during the ongoing England tour. BCCI’s advice had come after skipper Rohit Sharma tested Covid-19 positive last week.

The guidelines from BCCI clearly stated not to visit public places and stay indoors to avoid coming in contact with fans. This was issued to avoid any further Covid cases in the Indian camp.

However, former captain Virat Kohli and other members of the team-- Rishabh, Shreyas, Gill, Shardul, Siraj, Saini and Kamlesh Nagarkoti were spotted at a restaurant in Birmingham.

The cricketers mingled with fans, took selfies. Earlier, Rishabh Pant decided to sign autographs and click pictures with fans during Leicestershire warm-up match.

“It was a very irresponsible behavior by the team members. They were informed of the risks and were advised not to roam around in public places without masks. But some players have ignored all the advice,” a senior BCCI official said.

As per sources, the board has reprimanded some players over their habit of hanging out in public.

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