When the schedule between India and Australia got finalized, there was a lot of speculation on whether the families are going to accompany the players or not. Now, it has been revealed that it was head coach Ravi Shastri who intervened and made sure that cricketers had their families with them on tour.
The restart of sporting activities was a tough challenge for players too as they had to undergo bio bubble and follow strict quarantine rules. It was their families that give a boost to them.
While talking to Indian bowler R. Ashwin on his YouTube channel, fielding coach R Sridhar revealed that the Indian team management was informed about their family members not being allowed to travel to Australia with them 48 hours before their journey from Dubai.
“Do you know something? When we were quarantined in Dubai, before the last 48 hours, they suddenly announced that the families will not be allowed. So before the Australian tour even started, they started their sledging — their off-the-field sledging. We had calls during night time,” Sridhar told Ashwin during a conversation.
“And then there was time difference as well and we had to co-ordinate between Dubai, India, and Australia. Sorry families are not allowed, the Australian government is strict on this. There was a total of 7 players who had brought their families and kids. How to convey this to them?” Sridhar asked.
Then he revealed how head coach stepped in and found the solution. Sridhar told Ashwin that Ravi Shastri organized a virtual meeting with everyone and said ‘If families are not allowed, then we would not be going to Australia as well. Do whatever you can. That’s the news from the center”. And then he added ”no one knows Australia better than me. I have been going there for the last 40 years.
How one should behave or bargain with them, I know’. He literally made sure that BCCI listened to what he said. Australian government worked overnight during the weekend to get the permission,” Sridhar said while talking about Shastri.
The Indian bowler also shed light on how the bio-bubble become difficult for them while they were promised slight relaxation. “Before even 2021 began, we had an incident in Melbourne. When they called us to Australia, how did they invite us? You are all ready stuck in a three-and-a-half-month bubble here. You are here now, here we have a soft bubble. If you are quarantined once for 14 days, you can go out for coffee, you can have lunch.
“They said all this and suddenly when it was 1-1, they ordered us, ‘Stay in your room guys. How can you stay in a room? I was here with my kids as well. It was a difficult time for us, media was going crazy’,” the spinner revealed.