Indian coach Ravi Shastri on Sunday dismissed allegations that his ebook launch occasion was accountable for him being contaminated with Covid.
In an interview with Mid-day, the veteran coach mentioned, “The whole country [United Kingdom] is open. Anything could have happened from Test One.”
Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and physiotherapist Nitin Patel have been positioned in isolation from Day Four of the fourth Test at The Oval, the place India gained by 157 runs. The state of affairs escalated additional after assistant physio Yogesh Parmar additionally examined constructive on the eve of the Manchester Test with BCCI and ECB subsequently deciding to name off the Test.
“Outbreak of Covid-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the Old Trafford Test Match,” mentioned the BCCI in a press launch on Friday.
Sources mentioned that earlier than the primary Test, the staff administration had mentioned whether or not a bio-bubble needs to be enforced earlier than deciding that guidelines set by the England board can be adopted — solely those that check constructive will bear isolation.
The gamers and assist employees weren’t eager on a bio-bubble as they’re with their households on the tour. With Covid curbs eased in England, they have been instructed to observe normal social distancing norms. However, as a precaution, the staff has to bear an RT-PCR check each fifth day.
Earlier, when wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant had examined constructive earlier than the primary Test, bowling coach Arun needed to bear ten days of isolation. Shastri had then tweeted: “My right hand back in the house. Looking fitter and stronger after being in isolation for 10 days even though testing negative all the way. Bloody frustrating these isolation rules. 2 jabs of the vaccine has to be trusted.”
Next, Shastri will accompany the Indian staff to UAE for the T20 World Cup from October 17-Novermber 14.