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“Irresponsible,” English Media & Fans Slam Ravi Shastri & Virat For Attending Book Launch Event

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“Irresponsible,” English Media & Fans Slam Ravi Shastri & Virat For Attending Book Launch Event

The 5-match test series played between India and England under Pataudi Trophy ended abruptly after the 5th test match which was scheduled to be played at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester, got cancelled due to the COVID-19 scare. Just a day before the fifth test match, the assistant physio Yogesh Parmar tested COVID-19 positive which compelled the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to discuss the matter and they decided to cancel the fifth test match, though they kept the option of rescheduling the match open.

This was the fourth case in the Indian camp as earlier, the Indian team’s head coach Ravi Shastri tested positive along with Bharat Arun and R Sridhar. What has left BCCI more worried is that Yogesh Parmar has tested positive despite the fact that Shastri, Arun and Sridhar have not even travelled to Manchester with the team.

While the ECB is not happy with recent developments, the English media is leaving no stone unturned in slamming the Indian contingent for the unfortunate events as the Indian skipper Virat Kohli along with Ravi Shastri attended a book launch event in a hotel in London during the test series. The BCCI officials are also of the opinion that this is how Shastri and other support staff members have caught the virus.

However, the BCCI secretary Jay Shah had already instructed the players and support staff not to attend any public events during the tour. The good thing is that all the players have tested negative but this is certainly a warning for the BCCI and the team management as to how the senior members can behave in such an irresponsible manner by leaving their bubble and attending a public event.

Fans and cricket lovers have also slammed Ravi Shastri for his careless act and this is how they have reacted:

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Earlier it was heard that only the first day of the fifth test match was cancelled but later it was said that the fifth test match was cancelled; nevertheless, both the boards kept the option of rescheduling open whenever it would be possible. As of now, India stands as winner of the series (Pataudi Trophy 2021) as the team leads by 2-1 in the four test matches that have been played.

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