Last Update on: November 9th, 2020 at 11:21 am
The entire conundrum on the Rohit Sharma controversy seems to add a new page to its books with each day passing by. Now, it has been reported that Rohit Sharma will not be allowed to travel to Australia until he clears a fitness test. It is now clearly visible that the BCCI and the player are not on the same page and the issue must be resolved at the earliest for the betterment of Indian cricket.
It is notable that team India is all set to tour Australia for a three-match ODI series, a three-match T20I series, and a four-match Test series. The first game of the tour will commence on November 27. For the tour, the BCCI announced the squads for all three formats last week. The biggest exclusion, however, was that of the Indian limited-overs vice-captain, Rohit Sharma.
The BCCI said in a statement that the medical team will monitor Rohit’s fitness and currently, he is not fit to play and that’s the reason why he has not been selected in any of the formats.
Rohit Sharma Has To Clear A Fitness Test To Travel To Australia: Reports
Rohit was seen practising in the nets an hour past the team announcement as his IPL franchise, Mumbai Indians, posted a video to make things even more confusing. Now, certain reports in the media have emerged stating that it will be mandatory for Rohit Sharma to clear a fitness test. If he fails to do so, he won’t be allowed to travel to Australia.
“Rohit won’t travel to Australia unless he clears a fitness Test conducted by Team India physio Nitin Patel. Unless Patel and the National Cricket Academy declare him fit, Rohit is not going to Australia,” a source from BCCI was quoted saying this to Times of India.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Had Recently Affirmed To The Same
In a recent interview with Sports Tak, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had also said that Rohit Sharma is bound to travel to Australia only after he is fully fit. He said that the Indian team’s physio Nitin Patel has constantly been working with Rohit to improve his fitness standards while he has been with the Mumbai Indians camp in UAE.
With Rohit currently in the UAE with IPL finalists Mumbai Indians, and Ishant Sharma undergoing rehab in India, Ganguly said there was the option of flying the duo later than the rest of the squad to Australia, despite the bio-bubble and quarantine rules. “They can be sent later. There are flights to Australia.”