BCCI to probe Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri for attending a public event

Head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar have been ruled out from the fifth Test after their RT-PCR results came positive.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seems to be unhappy with the turn of events that led up to the head coach Ravi Shastri testing positive for coronavirus in London, according to reports.

The cricketing board has been asking questions to the head coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli for attending a public event in London last week without prior information to the board.

Sources suggest that Shastri and Kohli were part of a book launch with an event comprising a packed audience which is believed to be the cause for coach Shastri & his close aids i.e bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar testing positive for Covid-19.

 “The board will probe the matter. This incident has left the board embarrassed. The coach and the captain will be asked to explain the circumstances after the fourth Test at Oval. The team’s administrative manager Girish Dongre’s role is also under the scanner,” a top BCCI official told the Times of India.

He further added, “The BCCI is in touch with ECB and trying to ensure the series is completed without any further incidents. As of now, everyone is hoping that Shastri recovers soon. There is a selection meeting for the T20 World Cup on Wednesday. Maybe the matter will be raised there.”

This news comes just after an official letter was issued by the BCCI secretary Jay Shah asking all the members of the squad to refrain from going to crowded places.

Though there is no confirmation that Shastri tested positive because of attending the event.

The three members of the support staff, Shastri, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar have been ruled out from the fifth and final Test after their RT-PCR came positive. Team physiotherapist Nitin Patel has also been isolated after being in close contact with the Indian head coach.

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