The Test match series between England and India was full of ups and downs. While India won the second and fourth Test, England came back strongly in the third game. However, the fifth Test was cancelled after the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Indian camp. Ahead of the fourth Test, the Indian team had attended the book launch event of head coach Ravi Shastri.
Shastri, who tested positive for Covid-19, was blamed for the cancellation of the final Test. Now, Dilip Doshi, the former cricketer, has opened up on the event.
The BCCI has disclosed that the Indian players did not take permission to attend the book launch. Dilip stated that Indian players were not wearing masks.
“I was present at the book launch. I was actually invited by the Taj group. A lot of dignitaries, and Team India players were present there, for a short while, and I was shocked to see that none of them was wearing a mask,” Dilip Doshi was quoted as saying by India Ahead.
He further added that IPL could also be the probable reason for the final Test to be called off.
“I was speaking to a dear friend of mine Michael Holding earlier today and he mentioned to me that the Indian Cricket board did not want the last Test. So, their original suggestion was that the tour should end after the Oval Test, leaving enough time between IPL and the last Test in England. Giving a gap of 15 days because of the quarantine period in between, but I believe ECB did not want that and they may have insisted on the fifth Test,” Doshi added.