New Delhi. The fifth Test of the India and England series was canceled due to Corona. Meanwhile, Board President Sourav Ganguly has said that the players had refused to play the Manchester Test. They were scared because of Corona. Team India was ahead 2-1 in the series. Although the final test of the series (IND vs ENG) has not been decided yet. There is talk of getting it done next year. Regarding MS Dhoni, he said that he will be with the team only in the T20 World Cup.
According to the news of the Telegraph, Sourav Ganguly told that even though the players have refused to play the Test, they cannot be held responsible for it. Physio Yogesh Parmar was close to the players. He was constantly working with them. When the players came to know that they had become Corona positive, they were very upset. Living in a bio bubble is not easy. You have to respect their feelings. Regarding the remaining Test, he said that it cannot be a part of the current series. It can be organized next year. However, the English Board has suffered a lot.
Permission not sought for book launch
Ravi Shastri’s book launch program is being said to be the main source of Corona. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said that no permission was sought regarding the program. On any action against Shastri, he said, “No action will be taken. How long can you keep people confined to hotel rooms? This is not humanly possible. I also went there for shooting. There were about 100 people. Everyone was vaccinated. But you don’t know what will happen. People are getting infected even after two vaccines.
Nothing to do with IPL
There were reports that Manchester Test was canceled due to IPL. On this, former captain Sourav Ganguly said that BCCI is not an irresponsible board. We respect other boards. When MS Dhoni was made a mentor for the T20 World Cup, he said that it has been done only to help the team. He has a good record in T20 for India and Chennai Super Kings. This decision has been taken after much deliberation. We haven’t won an ICC trophy after 2013. Steve Waugh was given a similar responsibility in the last Ashes and the series was tied at 2-2. Having such veterans always helps in big tournaments.
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Dhoni will only stay in T20 World Cup
On the question of MS Dhoni being associated with Team India in the future, Ganguly said that he is only for the T20 World Cup. He has clearly told us this. Regarding the tenure of Ravi Shastri, he said that perhaps he is not ready to do full time coaching. However, till now we have not asked him anything explicitly about this. When they come, then we will talk about it.
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