BCCI President and former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday revealed that he underwent as many as 22 COVID-19 tests in the past four and a half months whereas making an attempt to navigate his skilled commitments amid the raging pandemic.
Ganguly was saved busy by the conduct of the Indian Premier League in the UAE from mid-September to early November.
“I must tell you I have got tested 22 times in the last four and half months and not been positive even once, I have had cases around me, so that probably forced me to get tested myself,” Ganguly stated at a digital media convention.
“…I stay with elderly parents and I have travelled to Dubai and in the initial part, I was very worried, not just for me, but the community, you don’t want to spread it to somebody else because people are looking up to you,” he added.
The Board President additionally talked concerning the much-hyped tour of Australia by the nationwide crew, which accomplished its quarantine interval on Tuesday in Sydney. India begin their tour of Australia with the primary ODI on November 27 on the Sydney Cricket Ground.
“…the players are fit and fine, Australia also doesn’t have a very high number of COVID cases, the borders were closed for a while…they are still very, very tight on international travel, you have to do 14 days of hard quarantine, so the boys are ready to get onto the field,” the BCCI chief stated.
Ganguly stated he’s immensely pleased with his BCCI crew for pulling off a profitable IPL, which he hopes, can be again in India for its subsequent version. The occasion was shifted to UAE this yr due to the raging pandemic.
“We had about 400 people staying in the bio-bubble, 30-40 thousand tests have happened over a period of two and half months to make sure that everyone is safe and healthy,” he stated.
“…it’s a tournament for India. People spoke about the success of IPL, I told all of them that you must, you have to be in India to see what IPL is to India,” he stated.
Talking about resumption of worldwide and home cricket in the nation, Ganguly stated he’s maintaining his fingers crossed.
“Our domestic season will start very shortly. England is touring India for four Test matches, three ODIs and five T20s, it is a lot easier having bi-laterals because the number of people are less,” he stated.
“When it gets to 8 teams, 9 teams, 10 teams, then it becomes a bit more difficult…we have to keep assessing the situation…lot of them are talking about a second wave,” he stated.
“I heard in Mumbai and Delhi, the numbers have gone up, so we have just got to be a bit careful and make sure everything is in order, so we will monitor it,” he stated.