Ravi Shastri on cancellation of Manchester Test: Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri has said that he is being made a scapegoat over the cancellation of the fifth Test match between India and England. Shastri had arrived at a book launch event in London before the match, days after which he and three other support staff were found to be Corona positive.
A day before the start of the fifth test, the team’s second physio Yogesh Parmar also tested positive for the virus, after which the fifth test match was cancelled. Shastri was targeted by the English media and many former cricketers for the cancellation of the Test match. However, Shastri said that he is being criticized for no fault of his.
Shastri told The Guardian, “They are trying to make me a scapegoat. But I didn’t get worried. There were about 250 people in the book release program. It didn’t happen during that program, because the program was 31 August. and I was found to be Covid positive on September 3. It can’t happen in three days. I think I got hit in Leeds. England opened on July 19 and suddenly people started coming to the hotel and there was no restriction “
Asked if she regrets attending the book release event. To this Shastri said, “I have no regrets at all. Because the people I met at that function were wonderful. It was nice for the boys to go out and meet different people, not be in the room constantly. In the Oval Test, you were climbing the stairs used by 5,000 people. But pointing fingers at the release of the book?
Shastri further said, “ECB has been excellent and their relationship with Indian cricket is tremendous. I don’t know if it is a stand-alone Test next year or they give them two extra T20 matches, but because of the current relationship, the ECB has Not a single penny will have to be lost. In 2008, when the terrorist blasts happened in Mumbai, England came back and played the Test. We have not forgotten that.”