BCCI makes a complete U-turn regarding their stance on Rohit Sharma following his exclusion from the entire tour

Rohit Sharma
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Rohit Sharma’s injury incident and his appearance in the upcoming series against Australia has been taking twists and turns with every passing day. Recently another report suggested a completely different angle to the case as well.

While everyone thought that Rohit Sharma would recover at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for the upcoming series, the BCCI said they ‘knew he was never going to fly’.

Rohit Sharma

Team India left for Australia a day after IPL 2020 finished in the UAE. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma hasn’t been included in the initial squad as he sustained an injury during a league game of IPL but later led Mumbai Indians to its record-fifth title and was added to the Test squad as the board has decided to rest him for the limited-overs series as a precautionary measure. Notably, he is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA.

On the other hand, a BCCI source added that Shreyas Iyer is expected to be included in the Test squad.

“Rohit and Ishant were anyways not part of the squad. An 18-member team was announced for the four Tests. Now that Virat (Kohli) is returning, we’re hoping Shreyas Iyer will stay back for the series,” a BCCI source was quoted as saying by TOI.

However, things got worse for him with the unavailability of commercial flights and the strict rules of COVID-19 as well as the mandatory 14-day quarantine in Australia. The report added that his fitness assessment has been slated for December 11, following which the call will be taken if he is fit to play a Test match.

“But the problem is that there’s a 14-day mandatory state quarantine in Australia. Even if he is allowed to travel on the 12th, how will he fly? There are no commercial flights. And even if he manages to fly, he has to undergo the two-week solitary quarantine. When will he be available, subject to fitness,” say those who are tracking developments.

“We all knew he was never going to fly,” further added the source.

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