No regrets on book launch, no-one got COVID from that party: Ravi Shastri

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Cricket News: India head coach Ravi Shastri says he has no regrets about organising the book launch, which was widely perceived to be the reason for a COVID-19 outb
LONDON: India head coach Ravi Shastri says he has no regrets about organising the book launch, which was widely perceived to be the reason for a COVID-19 outbreak that forced the cancellation of the fifth Test against England in Manchester.Shastri, fielding coach R Sridhar, bowling coach Bharath Arun and physio Nitin Patel were found infected during the Oval Test and when junior physio Yogesh Parmar's test came positive ahead of the fifth Test in Manchester, the game was controversially called off with India leading the series 2-1.There were reports of people not wearing masks at the event."I have absolutely no regrets because the people I met at that function were fabulous. And it was good for the boys to get out and meet different people rather than constantly being in their rooms," said Shastri in an interview to 'The Guardian'."At the Oval Test, you were climbing stairs used by 5,000 people. So to point a finger at a book launch?" he asked."...but I wasn't worried because incubation probably takes weeks. There were about 250 people there and no-one got COVID from that party."Talking about his time in isolation, Shastri said: "It was funny because in my 10 days, I didn't have a single symptom barring a little sore throat. I never had any temperature and my oxygen level was 99 per cent all the time."I didn't take any medication through 10 days of my isolation, not a single paracetamol. I tell the guys: 'Once you're double jabbed, it's a bloody 10-day flu. That's it'."The book launch got even more attention after the fifth Test was cancelled with the outcome of the series yet to be decided.Asked if he was made the scapegoat in the…
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