Bengal coach Arun Lal, who has conquered the dreaded most cancers is not going to stay confined in his room just because BCCI has laid down a set of SOPs for home groups. The BCCI launched its SOP for state associations the place folks aged 60, particularly these with medical historical past and low immunity shouldn’t attend the coaching camps until additional authorities directive.
Lal, 65, in truth gave Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s instance as to how he at his age is operating the nation.
“The Prime Minister is 69 and he’s running the country in these times. Are they telling him to step down?” the Bengal coach counter-questioned throughout an unique interview to PTI.
If CAB goes by the e-book, then Lal is not going to be allowed to hitch the pre-season camp however feisty former Bengal captain stated that one SOP received’t decide how he would lead his life.
“Me as a person, whether I coach Bengal or not is immaterial but I will live my life. Don’t expect me that I’m 65 years old, so I will lock myself in a room for the next 30 years. This does not happen like this,” Lal stated.
A Bengal legend, Lal made it clear that whereas he would keep all social distancing norms, he received’t just quarantine himself just like that. “I will take precautions like everybody else – social distancing, hand washing, sanitising, mask-wearing all that I will do. Unnecessarily there will be no foolhardiness. But I will not quarantine myself just because I’m 60-plus. Virus does not know the difference between 59 and 60,” he stated.
The hero of Bengal’s Ranji Trophy triumph in 1989-90, Lal was identified with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a uncommon kind of salivary glands most cancers 4 years again, however he overcame the illness and gained ample hope in the method.
“I’m very fit and strong. Infact, I’ve never been this fitter in my life. I’m not at all worried,” Lal who guided Bengal to their first Ranji last look in 13 years final season stated. “I know the whole concern is about people above-60. I understand that. But I think things will work out. A couple of months down the line, the virus will start subsiding. Much before any vaccine or anything.”
The former India opener additional stated there’s no information of him being discontinued. “Certainly, I’m continuing. I’ve got no news from any quarters that you know I’m not continuing,” he stated.
Reacting to the advisory, Lal stated it may very well be non permanent and might change in due course holding in thoughts of the state of affairs. “An advisory can change, in fact it itself says it can change and it’s temporary. Situation is so fluid and uncertain; nobody knows about tomorrow. We will wait and see how it pans out. It also discourages and there’s no binding on it,” he added.
Lal additionally stated restriction he understands is on well being grounds and never a mirrored image of his work. “They are trying to look after me only. It’s not any reflection on my abilities. We will see how it goes.”
He stated that his wards are all pumped up for the upcoming season and ready for the resumption nod from CAB. “The CAB will have to decide taking into all the consideration with State and Union government. They are working very hard and are really pumped up. My job to keep them motivated and wait for their time,” he added.
Meanwhile, CAB president Avishek Dalmiya additionally hoped that BCCI’s SOP was of “temporary nature” and could also be “amended”.
“It is presumed that the restrictions for individuals above a certain age or with underlying medical conditions mentioned in the advisory is of a temporary nature considering the current situation and taken in the interest of persons beyond a certain age for their safety,” Dalmiya stated in a press release.
“This is because the document clearly states that all such individuals should be discouraged from participating in the camp activities until suitable guidelines are issued by the Government.”
Dalmiya is hopeful that issues will change. “However, this may change in due course of time since in the SOP itself, it is mentioned that the guidelines may be amended from time to time as may be required depending on the existing COVID-19 situation in the country and the guidelines issued by the Government at appropriate times,” he added.