India tour of Aus : After Kohli’s ‘lack of clarity’ jab, BCCI finally issues press statement on Rohit, Ishant

India vs Australia : After Virat Kohli showed displeasure on ‘lack of clarity’ on Rohit Sharma’s episode, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday clarified the reason behind batsman Rohit Sharma not travelling to Australia with the rest of the squad after the conclusion of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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The BCCI has clarified that Rohit returned to India to attend to his ailing father. The board also clarified that the batsman went to National Cricket Academy (NCA) after ensuring that his father was okay.

“Rohit is presently undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA. 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. Rohit Sharma had to come back to Mumbai after the IPL to attend to his ailing father. His father is now recuperating well and that has allowed him to travel to the NCA and start his rehabilitation,” the BCCI stated in its official release.

On Thursday, India skipper Virat Kohli had shown his displeasure on ‘lack of clarity’ on Rohit Sharma’s injury and his availability for the tour of Australia.

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“Well, before we had the selection meeting in Dubai, we got a mail two days before which said that Rohit is unavailable for selection because of the injury he picked up during the IPL. It mentioned a two-week rest and rehab period, and it said that the pros and cons of the injury were explained to Rohit and he understood that. It was the information we got by mail but after that, he played in the IPL. We all thought that he would be on the flight to Australia which he wasn’t and we had no information whatsoever on the reason behind him not flying to Australia,” Kohli had said during the virtual press conference on Thursday.

“After that, the only information we have received on mail is that he is at NCA and he will be further assessed on December 11. So from the time the selection meeting happened and the IPL ended and now when this mail came about his assessment, there has been lack of clarity, we have been playing the waiting game on this issue and this is not ideal at all,” he added.

Ind vs Aus 1st ODI – Virat Kohli upset on Rohit Sharma’s episode: Not only this, Kohli is also upset that unlike Wriddhiman Saha, Rohit and Ishant instead of traveling with the team to Australia decided to stay back in India.

“If they would have travelled with us, it would have definitely increased their chances of playing the Test series. Someone like Saha (Wriddhiman), who also had an injury during the IPL is doing his rehab with the team,” he said during a press conference from Sydney

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“So, we are aware of his progress and he is on the right path to make sure that he is fit and available in time to play the Test series.The same would have been the case with Ishant and Rohit as well. It would have given them a chance to get fit and be available for the start of the Test series”.

Indian captain also questions ‘lack of clarity’ by the BCCI and others

Rohit Sharma had suffered a hamstring injury during the IPL and had returned to National Cricket Academy (NCA) after guiding Mumbai Indians to the title. Since then, there have been no clarity over his availability for the four-Test series which begins from December 17. Kohli called out to the BCCI, saying, there was so much uncertainty around the injury update on the matter.

Finally BCCI has issued a statement – but questions still remains. The biggest question still would be – why this same statement could not be issued earlier to cut the confusion.