India vs England 5th Test: Ravi Shastri Book Launch Event Behind India vs England 5th Test Cancelled Is the coach responsible for the cancellation of the fifth test?
The fifth test match played between India and England has been cancelled. Many of the support staff of the Indian team were found to be Kovid-19 positive. These include head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and physio Nitin Patel. Shastri is on the target of fans after the match was cancelled. There is a reason for that too. Two days before the start of the fourth Test, Shastri and the players of Team India participated in an event. The same event is being blamed behind the spread of Kovid in the Indian camp.
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The incident happened before the fourth test
The fourth Test at The Oval began on 2 September. Two days before that, the launch event of Ravi Shastri’s new book was held at a hotel. Shastri was not only present in that event, many players including captain Virat Kohli also came to participate. The Indian team may not be in the bio-bubble, yet it is living in a ‘secure environment’. The players who appeared in the event, apart from Kohli, members of the support staff including Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Suryakumar Yadav were also present.
BCCI had reprimanded the players
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had expressed displeasure over this act. According to the news, Shastri and the players did not take permission to attend the event. Talking to our colleague Times of India, a top BCCI official had said, ‘The board will investigate the matter. The Board has been embarrassed by this incident. Where will the coach and the captain go to clarify after the fourth test at The Oval? The role of the team’s administrative manager Girish Dongre is also under investigation.
What is the real reason for the cancellation of the match between India and England
Now the anger of the fans on Ravi Shastri
Shastri and the Indian team management were also lambasted at that time. Now after the cancellation of the fifth test, they are being heard again and again. Many people have shared pictures of that event and there is a demand to take action on Shastri. However, tweets are also happening in support of Shastri. Former cricketer Isabel Westbury wrote that there will be a lot of criticism of the book launch. On the one hand, it is foolish for players and staff to meet the public without due diligence, but on the other hand, there was no strict biosecure environment. No rules were broken.’ Another user said that ‘It is easy to blame Shastri but thrice in this series a guy walked on the ground. Everyone is responsible for such a situation.
What did BCCI say?
The Indian board said in its statement that due to Kovid-19, they were forced to cancel the Test match. According to the statement, the decision was taken after several rounds of talks. BCCI has proposed to ECB to reschedule the match. The BCCI said that there will be no compromise on the safety of the players. BCCI has also apologized to the fans for the cancellation of the match.
ECB apologizes, future is not clear
The fifth and last Test was called off hours before the start of the match. The statement issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) caused further uproar. The ECB had earlier said that India had given up claim on the match, but later said that the match had been cancelled. India took a 2-1 lead in the series after winning the fourth Test at The Oval in London by 157 runs. What will happen to the fifth test is not clear yet.
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