The experienced Tamil Nadu cricketer, Murali Vijay will not compete in the forthcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The right-handed batter is refused to take the Covid-19 vaccination and also doesn’t want to go into bubble life.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has issued proper procedures and has directed state associations to follow the same path. The BCCI SOPs specify that a player must stay in the bubble for a week until the event begins and must remain in the bubble as long as he is a squad member.
Selectors have not even discussed Murali Vijay in the selection meeting, says the Source
However, since Vijay is unwilling to follow these SOPs, the 37-year-old has been ruled out of Tamil Nadu’s choice for the competition.
“It is his personal decision. He is hesitant to take the vaccine. The BCCI SOPs say that a player needs to be inside the bubble for a week before a tournament starts and then as long as he is with the team. But Murali Vijay is not too keen on it. So the Tamil Nadu selectors haven’t considered him for selection,” stated a source.
According to the report, the Tamil Nadu selectors did not even consider Murali Vijay’s identity during the selection conference. The source also says that Vijay may not have even joined the Tamil Nadu team even if he had accepted to take the vaccination and that Vijay will have to show his fitness to be evaluated for inclusion.
“The selectors have not even discussed about him in the selection meeting and he didn’t even make it to the Tamil Nadu list of probables picked before the domestic season. So even if he is ready to take the vaccine and wants to make a comeback, it will be a long road for him because he won’t be picked immediately. He has to prove his fitness and needs to have a few matches under his belt to be selected for Tamil Nadu again,” said the source.