After the cancellation of the fifth Test between India and England due to Corona infection in the Indian camp, questions are being raised on the function organized in London for the release of head coach Ravi Shastri’s book as it violated health safety protocols.
Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and physio Nitin Patel were found positive after that ceremony at a five-star hotel before the fourth Test. All of them have received both the doses of the vaccine.
Indian team’s assistant physio Yogesh Parmar has also been found positive, after which the Indian team decided not to play the fifth match. Indian captain Virat Kohli and his teammates were present at the ceremony, which was also attended by outside guests and no one was wearing a mask due to the relaxation of rules in Britain.
News agency PTI wrote that it has been learned that either Shastri or Kohli did not take written permission from the BCCI to participate in that ceremony at the team hotel. A senior board official said, “Permission was not taken from President Sourav Ganguly or Secretary Jay Shah. Perhaps they felt that if health safety rules are relaxed in Britain, then permission is not needed.
The team’s administrative manager Girish Dongre’s job is to complete all the paperwork for such celebrations and ensure that the protocol is followed.
‘Shastri-Kohli unlikely to be punished’
“Shastri or Kohli is unlikely to be punished for this act before the T20 World Cup. After that Shastri is leaving. If Kohli is the captain then he too will not be punished. Dongre may be asked what he did as an administrative manager.
“BCCI wanted him to play but some senior players were so scared that both the boards got worried about their mental health,” the official said. He was scared to stay in isolation and bubble for ten more days. But why did he not show understanding when he agreed to go for the release of Shastri’s book.
Now the question arises that after Rishabh Pant was found positive after the World Test Championship final, Board Secretary Jay Shah had asked the players to stay away from the crowd, was it implemented.
The official said, ‘There are relaxations in the rules in the UK, but such crowds should have been avoided. These people participated in the function and got scared when the cases of infection came.