Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Twitter)

Last Update on: September 9th, 2021 at 10:38 pm

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, in a conversation, gave an update on the situation with the fifth Test between England and India which is to begin on September 10th in Old Trafford Manchester but has dark clouds over it thanks to the Covid scare in the Indian camp.

It is to be noted here that before the start of the fourth Test between the two sides in Oval in London, four Indian coaching staff members in head coach Ravi Shastri was found Covid positive and along with him bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and physiotherapist Nitin Patel were put into isolation as a precautionary measure.

England vs India 2021: India's Practice Session Cancelled After Another Support Staff Member Tests Covid-19 Positive
England vs India 2021: India’s Practice Session Cancelled After Another Support Staff Member Tests Covid-19 Positive

However, after RT-PCR tests, all of the other three members were found to be Covid positive as well and will have to isolate for 10 days. This led to the Indian team playing the fourth Test without their main support staff including three of their coaches.

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However, on Thursday, September 9, 2021, another member of Indian support staff, assistant physio Yogesh Parmar was also found Covid positive leading to the team’s scheduled training session getting canceled and them being asked to stay in their hotel rooms until further tests could be carried out.

Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli
Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli. Image-Twitter

Sourav Ganguly gave an update at the book launch of ‘Mission Domination’ in Kolkata and said: “We have been terrific in England. Hopefully, we can get the Test match in Manchester tomorrow because there is a bit of Covid scare there as well. Lots of fingers crossed and let’s hope we can get past that. But we don’t know at the moment yet, as tests are been done and everything would be fine.”

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Earlier during the same conversation, Sourav Ganguly was speaking about the Indian team’s performances outside Asia recently and recalled the majestic Test series win in Australia in 2020-21, especially the final Test in Brisbane, where Australia was defeated for the first time in 33 years.

Team India, Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21
India celebrate winning the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020/21. (Photo: Twitter)

“Let’s be honest, we have been playing well. The win in Australia, especially in Brisbane, where India came back from behind and chased 340 odd on the last day of the Test match in Australia, it has never ever happened. And especially when in the last match we were picking players just to see if we can make an XI, because of Injuries and Covid and that’s why it makes it more special,” Ganguly said.

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