The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Sourav Ganguly has said no action will be taken against Ravi Shastri for attending his book launch event in London. Ravi Shastri was tested positive for the covid-19 during the fourth Test in London.
Shastri was put in isolation along with Indian coaching staff R Sridhar, Bharat Arun and Nitin Patel were also forced into isolation for being in close contact with Shastri.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Ganguly said Shastri didn’t ask for permission to attend the launch event. Ganguly denied being taking any action against Shastri.
“How long can you stay confined to your hotel rooms? Can you stay locked at your home day in and day out? You can’t be restricted to a life where you go from the hotel to the ground and return to the hotel. This is humanly not possible,” the former India captain was quoted as saying The Telegraph.
“I was there at the shoot for a Dadagiri episode today. There were some 100 people there… all fully vaccinated but you don’t know what will happen. People are contracting the virus even after two doses. This is how life is now,” Ganguly added.
Yogesh Parmar, assistant physio of India, was founded Covid-19 positive on the eve of the Manchester Test. This case put the whole Test in jeopardy. Indian players feared that they might contract the virus and ‘refused to play’ the match, revealed Ganguly.
“The players refused to play but you can’t blame them. Physio Yogesh Parmar was such a close contact of the players. Being the only one available after Nitin Patel isolated himself, he mixed freely with the players and even performed their Covid-19 tests,” Ganguly added.
“The players were devastated when they came to know that he had tested positive for Covid-19. They feared they must have contracted the disease and were dead scared. It’s not easy staying in a bubble. Of course, you have to respect their feelings.”