BCCI is reportedly not happy with Indian skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri for attending a public event last week in London. Shastri, Kohli and other team members were a part of a book launch last Tuesday which had a large crowd gathering.
The Indian board revealed hours before the fourth day’s play that Indian coach Ravi Shastri had tested positive. Bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar were also isolated as they were in close contact with Shastri. Shastri is set to miss the final test at Manchester.
Kohli, Shastri and other members did not take proper clearance from the board
A BCCI source revealed that the Indian team did not take proper clearance from the board before attending the event. He also reveals that the incident has left the board embarrassed.
“Photos from the event have been shared with BCCI officials. The board will probe the matter. This incident has left the board embarrassed. The coach and the captain will be asked to explain the circumstances after the fourth Test at Oval. The team’s administrative manager Girish Dongre’s role is also under the scanner,” a top BCCI official told TOI on Monday.
According to British media reports, the Indian team had not sought clearance from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) either. “The BCCI is in touch with the ECB and trying to ensure the series is completed without any further incidents. As of now, everyone is hoping that Shastri recovers soon. There is a selection meeting for the T20 World Cup on Wednesday. Maybe the matter will be raised there,” the official said.
This event was not officially organized by the ECB or BCCI. Hence, attending this public event bemused the boards. The players are only allowed to go for walks to places that are not crowded or go to restaurants that allow only vaccinated people.
“This wasn’t an official event that either of the boards had organised. This incident is all the more unsettling because BCCI secretary Jay Shah had written to every team member before the series, asking them to be cautious and refrain from attending crowded events. The action of the team hasn’t gone down well with the board,” the official said.
A stricter bio-bubble awaits India at Manchester
The infected support staff will not accompany India to Manchester. According to the official, both teams will now enter a proper bio bubble as the players will fly to UAE for the second leg of IPL. Hence, the board would want no lagging from anyone.
“There will be a proper bubble in Manchester. There’s the IPL coming up in UAE five days after the fifth Test finishes. The players will have to move in a bubble to UAE, else they will have to serve quarantine period upon reaching Dubai. Hopefully, there won’t be any further incidents once the team reaches the bubble,” the official said.
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