Five India players are in precautionary isolation as India’s cricket board investigates a potential breach of biosecurity protocols ahead of the start of the third test on Thursday against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini have all been placed in isolation after a video of them sitting at a table in a Melbourne restaurant was posted on the Twitter account of Navaldeep Singh.
Singh suggested on Friday he paid the bill for the table and then hugged Pant, although on Saturday Singh claimed there was no hug and players kept their distance.
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The five players will be kept separate from the broader Indian and Australian squads when traveling and at the training venue but will be permitted to train in accordance with protocols that have been put in place.
The four-test series between Australia and India is being played amid a backdrop of biosecurity rules, which will get stricter when the squads travel to Sydney on Monday.
Players and staff are permitted to leave the hotel but must dine outdoors.
The protocols have helped Cricket Australia, which requires exemptions from Queensland’s government for players to travel from Sydney to Brisbane for the fourth test beginning Jan. 15, navigate the country’s latest COVID-19 outbreak.
It will be up to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to decide what sanctions, if any, are leveled against the five players.
The series is level at 1-1. Australia won the first test by eight wickets in Adelaide and India took the second test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground by the same margin.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who was admitted to Kolkata's Woodlands Multispeciality hospital after complaining of chest pain, is now stable after undergoing angioplasty.
Ganguly complained of chest pain after working out in the gym on Saturday (January 2) morning, according to a PTI report.
The hospital later confirmed that he will have treatment for two blockages. While he is stable and risk-free, according to the hospital, a further course of action will be decided on Monday.
"Sourav Ganguly has undergone angioplasty. He is stable now. He will be monitored for 24 hours. He is completely conscious. There are two blockages in his heart for which he will be treated. As of now he is stable, we will have a meeting on Monday and then we will decide what needs to be done further, priority is to let him settle down after heart attack. He is risk-free and he is talking as well," Dr. Aftab Khan told reporters.
MD and CEO of the hospital, Dr Rupali Basu, had said that Ganguly had a family history of heart disease. When he came to the hospital at 1pm, his pulse was 70/min, BP 130/80 mm of Hg and other clinical parameters were within normal limits," the hospital statement said. "He has received loading doses of dual anti platelets and statin and is undergoing primary angioplasty now," Basu said in an official statement from the hospital.
The national women's cricket team of Bangladesh, along with the support staff, underwent a Covid-19 test on Saturday prior to starting a training camp from Sunday.
The training camp will be running from January 3 to February 2, 2021 at the Sylhet International Stadium. The women team was idle after the Covid-19 breakout in the country in March 2020.
Along with the cricketers, a total of 42 members have been tested on Saturday, and the result is expected to come out this night.
“Cricketers, team management, team boys and drivers have been tested today. Only those who come out negative will join the camp in Sylhet,” Debashis Chowdhury, the chief physician of BCB, told the media on Saturday.
“We will arrange another test for them in the middle of the camp,” Debashis added.
In the first phase of the camp, the women cricketers will work on their fitness, and after that they will begin their skill training programme.
Women team: Salma Khatun, Nigar Sultana Jyoti, Murshida Khatun, Rumana Ahmed, Lata Mandal, Panna Ghosh, Sanjida Islam, Ayesha Rahman Shukatara, Farzana Haque Pinki, Jahanara Alam, Nahida Akter, Ritu Moni, Khadijatul Kubra, Fahima Khatun, Shamima Sultana, Sobhana Mostari, Rabia, Puja Chakraborty, Mumtahena Hasnat, Suraiya Ajmin, Nuhat Tasnia, Sharmin Akhter Supta, Sharmin Sultana, Isma Tanjim, Rabia Haider Jhilik, Eka Mallik, Fariha Islam, Sanjida Akhter Meghla and Sumaiya Akhter
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Bangladesh national cricket team is all set to start gearing up from next week for the home series against West Indies, which will begin with three-match ODI competition. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who has never officially retired from the national side, will not be in the reckoning for a place in the side in this series, BCB president Nazmul Hassan recently hinted.
When Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh in early 2020 for a three-match ODI series, Mashrafe was the captain of the Tigers. In the last match of this series, he stepped down as the captain, and later, BCB appointed Tamim Iqbal as the new Bangladesh captain.
Despite stepping down as the captain, Mashrafe announced himself available as only a player. But he has only a little chance to feature in Bangladesh national team as Nazmul told a recent TV interview.
“If we take his fitness into the account, he has very little chance to get selected. But at the same time, Mashrafe loves to take challenges. So you can’t say right now (whether he is going to find a palace or not),” Nazmul told the media.
“I would like to say that Mashrafe is confused about his future as a player. Till the day of his stepping down as captain, he was right. But after that, he has been going through confusion and he's still confused. So I think his chances are dim,” he added.
The West Indies are expected to arrive in Bangladesh on January 10. After a three-day in-room quarantine, they’ll be allowed to participate in intra-squad practice sessions. In the meantime, they’ll have to undergo a few Covid-19 tests.
The first two ODIs of the series will take place in Dhaka, while the third ODI and first Test will be played in Chattogram, and later, both the teams will come back to Dhaka to play the second and final Test.
India's cricket board chief Sourav Ganguly, popularly known as 'Dada', has suffered a heart attack.
The 48-year-old former India skipper was rushed to a leading private hospital in the city of Kolkata on Saturday, after he complained of acute chest pain and dizziness while working out at a gym in the morning. He is in the intensive care unit but said to be "stable".
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was among the first to tweet about Ganguly's "mild cardiac arrest". "Sad to hear that @SGanguly99 suffered a mild cardiac arrest and has been admitted to hospital. Wishing him a speedy and full recovery," she wrote.
Jay Shah, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary and son of Indian Home Minister Amit Shah, also wished him a speedy recovery. "I’ve spoken to his family. Dada is stable and is responding well to the treatment," he tweeted.
Earlier this week, Ganguly had cleared the air about him joining politics ahead of the assembly elections in his home state of West Bengal.
Post his meeting with state Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, rumours were going the rounds that he could be India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial face in the assembly polls in West Bengal, currently ruled by Banerjee's regional Trinamool Congress party.
However, Dada had told the media, "If the Governor wants to meet you, you have to meet him. So let us keep it like that."
Considered one of the best captains in international cricket, Ganguly quit international cricket in 2008 but continued playing in the multi-billion-dollar cricketing tournament Indian Premier League for a few more years.
He scored more than 18,500 runs in Tests and one-day internationals. Last year, Dada was elected as the president of BCCI, the world's richest cricketing body.