Sports Desk, Amar Ujala
Updated Wed, 25 Nov 2020 12:01 PM IST
Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma
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According to an English newspaper, the Cricket Board of India has made it clear that Rohit and Ishant were not part of the Test team for the tour of Australia. The 18-member team India was announced for the four-match Test series against Australia. Now Virat Kohli is coming back and Shreyas Iyer will stay in Australia for the Test series.
Actually, according to reports, Rohit’s medical report was supposed to come on December 11, after which it was to be decided whether he was fit to play or not, but there are many obstacles besides this. Even if they are allowed to travel on the 12th, then there is no commercial flight at that time. Despite this, if they reach there, they will have to remain quarantined for 14 days under Australian rule. Only then will they be available for the team, so it is difficult to be a part of their playing eleven. On the other hand, according to some BCCI officials, it was expected that Rohit would leave for Australia with the whole team on 12 November but he did not do so and went to NCA. On behalf of the board, it was clearly said that no one knew who told Rohit to go to NCA. It was his own decision to go there. Now the decision of whether they are fully fit or not is in the hands of NCA.
On behalf of the board it was said that misunderstanding has been spread about Rohit’s tour of Australia. In such a situation, the preparation of the team is being affected by whatever confusion there is. Virat has to go back because it is very important. Rohit Sharma did the same on the previous Australia tour. It is unfortunate that all these misconceptions have come to light in the absence of proper dialogue.
BCCI sources told Ishant that he had been sent to the NCA a month earlier, where he needed four weeks of care, so he would have been fit on December 17, which is of no use.