Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has cleared the hullabaloo around Rohit Sharma’s injury soon after Team India captain Virat Kohli complained of ‘lack of clarity’ about the same. The board has stated that the opening batsman will travel to Australia only after he passes the fitness test, which will be conducted on December 11.
BCCI also cleared that Rohit Sharma had to travel back to India after the completion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 to attend to his ailing father. But currently, he is National Cricket Academy (NCA) recovering from the hamstring.
“Rohit Sharma had to come back to Mumbai after the IPL to attend to his ailing father,” BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said in the statement.
“His father is now recuperating well and that has allowed him to travel to the NCA and start his rehabilitation,” he added.
Rohit Sharma likely to miss the first Test:
As Rohit’s fitness assessment test is on December 11, he is likely to miss the first Test, scheduled on December 17, because of the strict 14-days quarantine. Only if BCCI gets permission from Cricket Australia for soft quarantine for India’s batting mainstay, he could be available to play from the very first Test match of the four-match Test series.
“He (Rohit) is presently undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA. Mr Rohit Sharma’s next assessment will be conducted on December 11th following which the BCCI will have clarity on his participation in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia,” the statement read.
Ishant Sharma ruled out from Border-Gavaskar Trophy:
BCCI secretary Jay Shah said that the lanky pacer Ishant Sharma has recovered from his side strain but will take time to attain peak match fitness.
“Ishant has recovered completely from his side strain injury sustained during IPL 2020 in the UAE,” he said.
“While he is building up his workload in order to achieve Test match fitness, Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy,” Shah added.
Meanwhile, currently, India and Australia are playing the first ODI match in Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).