Former England captain Nasser Hussain revealed the real reason that led to all the mess ahead the now canceled fifth and final Test between India and England. Hussain believed that a relaxed bubble given to players led to Indian staff members becoming positive about the new coronavirus.
Few media reports claim that Indian coaches and players attended a book launch at a London hotel outside their bubble two days before the fourth Test held at the Kennington Oval. Team India had to play the oval test without their head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, field coach R Sridhar a physiotherapist Nitin Patel because they were placed in isolation.
Then before the fifth Test, which would start at Old Trafford in Manchester on Friday, assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar also tested positive, which eventually led to the cancellation of the Manchester Test.
‘They (India) enjoyed a more relaxed bubble here in the UK, and in the end that’s how Covid got into the camp – but it’s too easy for us to preach to the Indian team to play the game on the backbone of a round of negative PCR tests and double vaccinations, ” Hussain writes in his column for Daily mail.
Hussain mentioned that he did not want to blame the Indian cricketers because he did not play the fifth Test as life in the bio bubble is very difficult. The former international reckoned that the Indian players became restless after their physio and his assistant tested positive because physios are close to every player.
‘I do not blame the players (because they did not play the fifth Test) because I experienced similar environments last summer. If someone had asked me last September to do a few extra days, I would have resisted, and I only did a few weeks here and there. ”
‘Yes, these players are well paid, but that does not make the isolation of the hotel easier. And when the physio of India and its assistant tested positive, India became shaky. Physios is the closest of close contacts, and at the end of a big series, it’s not just the fast bowlers who are treated regularly, ‘ Hussain added further.