Indian cricket team pacer Shardul Thakur became the first Indian cricketer to start outdoor training in Mumbai on Saturday amid a coronary virus epidemic after the government was allowed to start personal training in the fourth phase of lockdown. Shardul has now made headlines with this training as the BCCI contracted players need to get board approval before starting outdoor training. The BCCI official told IANS that it was unfortunate that Shardul decided to start training without getting approval from the board.
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The official said that he has not been allowed because he is a contracted player. Unfortunate they did, which they should not have done. This is not a good move. Apart from Shardul, Indian team captain Virat Kohli, vice-captain Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer are also present in Mumbai but none of them decided to start outdoor training, as they say they are currently at home. And they have not touched any sports complex yet.
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Shardul is a BCCI contracted player and he is a part of Grade-C in the current contract list. More importantly, he has trained in a city which is currently most vulnerable to the corona virus in the country. Board sources said that Shardul has started training in Palghar district, which is not in the Red Zone. Despite this, his move is not correct as he has not taken approval from BCCI for this. Reports released in the media said that Shardul practiced at the Palghar Dahnu Taluka Sports Association in Boisar.