After Saratul Tagore became the first Indian contract player to enter the training ground on Saturday, the central government in its Lockdown 4.0 guidelines allowed athletes to train in person at the sports complex with the necessary permission and after following strict guidelines. Sadly, Shardul trained on his own despite the fact that the contracted players needed a green signal from the board.
The BCCI had called Shardul Tagore over the landdown rules
Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said it was unfortunate that the Mumbai pacers decided to train in lockout without the permission of the board. “As soon as the deal was done, he was not allowed. Sadly, he went on his own. This should not have been done, it should not have been done smartly.”
Interestingly, Team India captain Virat Kohli and limited overs deputy Rohit Sharma are both in Mumbai as per the choice of Shreyas Iyer. However, all the players have confirmed that they will stay indoors and will not hit any sports complex on Sunday even after the government relaxed the overall restrictions.
Shardul is a BCCI contracted cricketer and part of Grade C under the current contract. More importantly, he is in a state with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country.
Board sources further said that while he was training in Palghar district – a red zone – at a time when the BCCI was doing everything, it was not smart for him to go ahead and take training without board approval to ensure the safety of the players.
According to media reports, Shardul Net was part of the session at the Palghar Dahanu List District Sports Association ground. The Indian professor spoke to the media at the end of the session and said that he did not use saliva to brighten the ball as he had followed the recommendation of the ICC Cricket Committee, which asked players to refrain from using shiny saliva on the ball.
The ICC Cricket Committee, chaired by Anil Kumble, recommended banning the use of saliva to polish the ball in a match. It did, however, mention that the risk of spreading the virus through sweating was “extremely likely” and “did not see the need to ban the practice”.
“The ICC Cricket Committee has heard from Dr Peter Harcourt, chairman of the ICC’s Medical Advisory Committee, about the high risk of contracting the virus through saliva and has unanimously agreed to recommend a ban on the use of saliva to polish the ball,” the ICC said in a statement.
“The committee’s medical advice also noted that there is a very low risk of viral infection through sweat and that the use of sweat to polish the ball should not be prohibited, although it is recommended that improved hygiene measures be implemented around the playground and,” the statement added.