I am made a scapegoat for the canceled test against England: Shastri


India was set to make history at Manchester Test after beating England at The Oval in London. However, Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, field coach R Sridhar and physiotherapist Nitin Patel tested positive for Covid-19 in the oval test.

Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri said he had become a scapegoat for the canceled fifth test against England in Manchester after he and three other support staff were tested positive for Covid-19 days after attending a book launch function in London.

The team led by Virat Kohli were set to make history in the Manchester test after beating England at The Oval in London. However, Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, field coach R Sridhar and physiotherapist Nitin Patel tested positive for Covid-19 after their RT-PCR confirmed the infection during the oval test.

A day before the start of the Fifth Test, the second physiotherapist, Yogesh Parmar, also tested positive for the virus, which made Indian cricketers anxious and led to the match being canceled.

However, Shastri said he was flaky no fault of her own.

“They tried to do it like that (scapegoat) but I wasn’t worried because the incubation probably takes weeks. There were about 250 people there (for the book launch function) and no one did not have Covid from this party. I ‘I did not have it at the launch of my book because it was on the 31st (August) and I tested positive on September 3. This cannot happen in three days. I think I got it in Leeds. England opened on July 19th and suddenly the hotels were back, the elevators were back. No restrictions, “Shastri told” The Guardian “on Saturday.

As to whether he regrets going to the book launch, Shastri said, “I have absolutely no regrets because the people I met in this function were fabulous. And it was good for them. boys to go out and meet different people rather than being constantly in their On the Oval Test, you were going up stairs that 5,000 people used. So to point your finger at a book launch? “

The coach has stated categorically that the England and Wales Cricket Council (ECB) will not lose money due to the cancellation of the fifth test. The series was very well placed with India leading 2-1 when the final test was called off.

“The ECB has been exceptional and their relationship with Indian cricket is great. People talk about money but I can guarantee the ECB will do all that amount with interest. I don’t know if this is a test stand-alone next year or they give them two more T20 games, but the ECB won’t lose a dime because of the relationship that exists. [terrorist] explosion in Mumbai, England, came back and played the test. We don’t forget that, ”Shastri said.


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