Current President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly revealed that he had undergone a whopping amount of 22 tests for COVID-19 in the past four and a half months alone due to his hectic work schedule even as the pandemic was raging on.
Ganguly was in the UAE from September to the early parts of November due to the Indian Premier League (IPL) taking place during that time. The IPL had strict rules of bio-bubbles and quarantine which ensured that not even a single case of COVID-19 was reported once the tournament got underway. (there were a few positive cases when the teams arrived in the UAE)
’30-40 thousand tests have taken place’
Sourav Ganguly spoke today in a virtual media conference organized by Livinguard AG about the successful IPL and the upcoming India tour of Australia. “During the IPL, we had about 400 people staying in the bio-bubble. 30-40 thousands tests have happened over a period of two and a half months to make sure everyone is safe and healthy,” he said.
“I must tell you I have got tested 22 times in the last four and half months and not been positive even once, I have had cases around me, so that probably forced me to get tested myself. I stay with elderly parents and I have travelled to Dubai and in the initial part, I was very worried, not just for me, but the community. You don’t want to spread it to somebody else because people are looking up to you,” he added.
Speaking about India’s tour of Australia, Ganguly said, “The players are fit and fine, Australia also doesn’t have a very high number of COVID cases, the borders were closed for a while. They are still very, very tight on international travel, you have to do 14 days of hard quarantine, so the boys are ready to get onto the field,” the BCCI chief said.