Murali Vijay refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament


The Tamil Nadu based batsman Murali Vijay will not take part in the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, as he refuses to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Moreover, the 37-year-old is not being the part of Tamil Nadu in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament.

In addition to that, he took the field for the last time in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, when he featured for Chennai Super Kings at UAE. Since the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the protocols to avoid Covid-19 should be followed by every player to take part in the tournament. 

Murali Vijay would not be added even after he gets vaccinated:

Murali Vijay

Considering the reports from TOI, Murali Vijay is not interested in having a life in the bio-bubble and decided to stay away from it. "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 Vijay is not too keen on it. So the Tamil Nadu selectors haven’t considered him for selection," reports from TOI.

Moreover, the source also claimed that Murali Vijay would not be added to the playing xi even after he gets the Covid-19 vaccine. It concluded that the 37-year-old has to prove that he is fully fit and have to play some practise games before taking part in the team.

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"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," the source added.