There is no point in the book launch of corona cases in the team, some people are trying to make me a scapegoat: Ravi Shastri
The Indian team’s tour of England (India Tour of England 2021) could not end as per the schedule and due to the cases of Kovid-19 virus in Team India, this tour had to be ended without playing the 5th and final Test. The reason for the end of this tour is that many people are considering the book launch program of the Indian team’s chief coach Ravi Shastri. Because it was only after Shastri’s book launch program that corona cases came to light in him and fellow coaching staff. However, the head coach of the Indian team said that he has nothing to do with this and he is being made only as a scapegoat.Also Read – Virender Sehwag said – MS Dhoni has been the captain of the bowlers, Bumrah & the company will benefit from becoming a mentor
Shastri had arrived in London before the match at a book launch event (August 31), a few days later (September 3), after which he and three other support staff were found to be Corona positive. A day before the start of the 5th and final Test, the team’s second physio Yogesh Parmar also tested positive for Corona, after which the Test match to be held in Manchester was cancelled. Also Read – T20 World Cup 2021: Ravi Shastri hints, will leave head coach post after World Cup
Many people had targeted Shastri 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 around 250 people in the book launch event. Also Read – Got What I Wanted But Ending My Tenure With T20 World Cup Would Be Best: Ravi Shastri
He said, ‘It did not happen at the time of launch as the program was on 31st August and I was found Kovodi positive on 3rd September. It cannot happen in three days. I think I got hit by it in Leeds. England opened on 19 July and suddenly people started coming to the hotel and there was no restriction.
Asked if he regrets going for the book launch, Shastri said, “I don’t have any regrets at all because the people I met at that function were wonderful. It was nice for the boys to get out and meet different people, not be in a 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 said, “The ECB has been excellent and their relationship with Indian cricket is tremendous. I don’t know if it’s a stand-alone Test next year or they give them two extra T20 matches, but the current relationship won’t cost ECB a penny. In 2008, when the terrorist blasts happened in Mumbai, England came back and played the Test. We have not forgotten this.’