Indian head coach Ravi Shastri said he did not regret organizing the launch of the book, which was widely seen as the reason for a COVID-19 outbreak that forced the cancellation of the fifth test against England to Manchester. Shastri, field coach R Sridhar, bowling coach Bharath Arun and physiotherapist Nitin Patel were found infected during the oval test and when junior physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar tested positive before the fifth test in Manchester , the match was controversially called off with India at the top of the series. 2-1.
There were reports of people not wearing masks during the event.
“I have absolutely no regrets because the people I met in this role were fabulous. And it was good for the boys to go out and meet different people rather than constantly being in their rooms, ” Shastri said in an interview with ‘The Guardian’.
In the Oval Test, you climbed stairs used by 5,000 people. So point the finger at the launch of a book? ” He asked.
“ … but I wasn’t worried because the incubation probably takes weeks. There were around 250 people there and no one got COVID from this holiday. Speaking about his time in isolation, Shastri said: ‘It was funny because in my 10 days I had no symptoms other than a little sore throat. I never had a temperature and my oxygen level was 99% all the time.
” I did not take any medication during the 10 days of my isolation, not a single paracetamol. I say to the guys, “Once you get a double bite, it’s one hell of a 10 day flu.” That’s it. ” The book’s launch garnered even more attention after the fifth test was canceled, with the outcome of the series not yet decided.
When asked if he became the scapegoat as a result of the abandoned test, Shastri said the truth was different.
“ I didn’t get it when my book launched because it was on the 31st (August) and I tested positive on the 3rd September. It can’t happen in three days. I think I got it in Leeds. England opened on July 19 and suddenly the hotels were back, the elevators were back. No restrictions. ” Shastri said he was not involved in the decision not to play the Manchester test as he isolated himself in London. He also did not discuss the matter with the players.
”No. I didn’t know who got it. I didn’t know (the junior physiotherapist) suddenly had it and I tested positive. He has physically treated five or six players. I think that’s where the problem started. We knew the incubation period meant someone could get it in the middle (of the Test).
“A lot of the players had their families there. So it has become a situation where you don’t know what this player is thinking about. He’s got a young kid, you know, he’s got to be thinking about them. It was a bit, I would say, tricky. ”Shastri is also confident that the BCCI and the ECB will settle the outcome of the series amicably.
“The ECB has been exceptional and its relationship with Indian cricket is great. People talk about money, but I can guarantee that the ECB will pay the entire amount with interest.
“I’m not sure if this is a standalone test next year or if they give them two more T20 games, but the ECB won’t lose a dime because of the relationship that exists. In 2008 when we had the (terrorist) explosion in Mumbai, England came back and played the test. We don’t forget that. ” Bilateral T20s should be reduced, watch football: =============================== == Shastri is also convinced that the bilateral T20 series should be reduced to facilitate the relentless international calendar.
“I would like to see less and less two-sided T20 cricket. Watch football. You have the Premier League, the Spanish League, the Italian League, the German League. They all meet (for the Champions League). There are few bilateral (friendly) soccer balls now.
“National teams only play for the World Cup or World Cup qualifiers (and other major tournaments like the European Championships, Copa America and Africa Cup of Nations).” He said said skipper Virat Kohli and other Indian players also share his point of view. on the subject.
They all believe the same. There is enough cricket franchise. It works. But what is the point of the bilateral? In my seven years with this Indian team, I can’t remember a single white ball game. If you win a World Cup final you will remember it and it is the only thing I have left as a coach.
” I don’t remember a single game (white ball). Test the matches? I remember every bullet. All. But the volume is too loud. We beat Australia 3-0 in the T20 series. We beat New Zealand 5-0 in New Zealand. We do not care? But beat Australia in a two-test round in Australia? Win tests in England? I remember. Cricket boards like to organize white ball matches because it generates more income, but Shastri believes that a good balance can be maintained.
Money is important because it can be invested at the grassroots. The best players always want to play Test Match cricket but, apart from England and Australia, very few countries make any money from it.
“In India, it’s starting to pick up speed because of the way India is playing. We are aiming for victory because the cricket test is the ultimate, ” added Shastri.
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