Indian fast bowler Shardul Thakur hit the breaking news by becoming the first contracted cricketer from the nation to hit the drills amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday. At present, India is going through its fourth phase of lockdown in which as per guidelines sportspeople are allowed to train only after securing required permissions under strict guidelines. However, Shardul Thakur practised without following the regulations.
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The same hasn’t gone down well with the BCCI. Interestingly, the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Shreyas Iyer have been stranded in Mumbai. But all of them have acted responsibly and remained indoors without approaching any sports complexes and resorting to training. This was even after the government had relaxed the lockdown to a greater extent than before.
A BCCI official said in an interview with IANS that as a contracted player, the Maharashtra-born pacer shouldn’t have gone for training on his own. According to them, Shardul Thakur shouldn’t have done it and that it’s not a wise move. Sources in the Indian Board further claim that the 28-year old trained in Palghar, which doesn’t come as a hot-spot. Yet, it is recommended not to take any chances. The BCCI categorizes Shardul under Grade C as per the current contracted list of players.
“He isn’t allowed as he is contracted. Sadly, he went on his own. Shouldn’t have done this. Not a smart move.”
Shardul Thakur was part of the net session of the Palghar Dahanu Taluka District Sports Association Ground: Reports
Reports have also emerged that Shardul was part of a net session at a district sports association located in his era. Post the net affairs, he spoke to the media and admitted that he didn’t use saliva on the ball as he stood by the recommendation by the ICC Cricket Committee to ban the same to shine the ball.
The ICC Cricket Committee, chaired by Anil Kumble, submitted the prescribed the prohibition of saliva. It is understood that the risk of virus spread through sweat is highly unlikely and saw no requirement to ban the same.