A new controversy has recently arisen as Australian media allege that Indian cricket stars Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya breached the biobubble on December 7th during their Australian tour. Both Kohli and Pandya were reported to have visited their store in Sydney, and reports of the two breaching the biosecurity protocol 20 days after the two players left the country.
But Nathan Pongrass, owner of Baby Village at Bondi Junction, a store known to have been visited by Kohli and Pandya, squashed the report and said that both players were very polite and followed all protocols of the time. Reuters reported that masks were mandated in indoor locations in New South Wales starting January 3 after a new corona 19 outbreak in mid-December.
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“They came in and had some time. At that stage, there were no restrictions in New South Wales. We wanted to give them a gift, but they wanted to pay for everything. They were very generous with their time. They spent time talking with our staff. They were just lovely people,” Pongrass told Australian journalist Norman Kochannek for Sports Today.
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“They were kind enough to take a few pictures with our team who want to share their experiences with their families. We posted it on social media to show that they are proud of their decision to visit our store.
“Our staff couldn’t touch them or shake hands. There were no restrictions at the time, but it was keeping the distance.
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“I don’t think they are masks. As said before, there weren’t many new cases in New South Wales at that time. Looking into the streets, 1 in 50 was wearing a mask. Older people were wearing them, and even some pregnant women did not wear masks in Sydney.
“That was the experience we had. We had a very positive experience. It’s a shame what happened in the media because of that,” Pongrass signed.
India and Australia will face each other in a four-match series level 1-1 in their third test in Sydney on January 7.