The Indian cricket team is currently riding high on the success after they registered a stunning win by defeating England in the 4th match of the Test series by a huge margin of 157 runs at the Oval. However, everything isn’t going too well inside the team right now. Recently, head coach Ravi Shastri, fielding coach R Sridhar and bowling coach Bharat Arun were tested positive for the COVID-19.
If reports are to be believed then the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is miffed with coach Ravi Shastri and Indian skipper Virat Kohli for attending a public event in London last week. Well, for the unversed, recently both of them attended a book launch event of Ravi Shastri and for the same, they didn’t take any approval from England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), as per a report by Times of India.
Meanwhile, the BCCI is not happy with the turn of events and will now be looking for an explanation from the captain and the coach. On Monday, a top BCCI official was quoted as saying by TOI:
“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,”
The BCCI official also went on to reveal that ECB is in touch with the Indian board and together they are trying their best to make sure everything goes well in the series without any interruptions. The source said:
“The BCCI is in touch with 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,”
Notably, the players were in a soft bio-bubble as the England and Wales Cricket Board ( ECB) had removed strict bio-bubble norms for the series against India. The source revealed:
“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.
“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 enters the bubble,”