BCCI Chief Medical Officer Abhijit Salvi resigns amid hectic run in COVID times

With his resignation, age fabrication could be a potential threat to the upcoming Under-16 tournament

With his resignation, age fabrication could be a potential threat to the upcoming Under-16 tournament
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MUMBAI, INDIA JULY 19: A view of logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) during a Council meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at BCCI headquarters on July 19, 2015 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Aniruddha Chowhdury/Mint via Getty Images)

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Abhijit Salvi, the Chief Medical Officer of the BCCI, has resigned from his post due to personal reasons. On Saturday, he told reporters that his notice period originally ended on November 30, but carried on till the end of the second Test between India and New Zealand on December 7.

His role had gained significance during the COVID era, with regular testing and bubble life becoming a new norm in the cricketing world. As a matter of fact, Salvi had travelled with the Indian team on some tours, including Australia and Sri Lanka. He had also looked after the medical arrangements for two editions of the IPL, as well as the T20 World Cup in the UAE where India was the host.

While speaking to AajTak, Salvi looked back at his journey with the BCCI. He drew light on his tenure, and cited the reason for his resignation. Most importantly, he was satisfied with his stint.

Journey with BCCI was fabulous: Abhijit Salvi

“Journey with BCCI was fabulous to be honest but after 10 years I just decided that I need to do something different so I decided to move on,” said Salvi. He also spoke about the challenging times during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Working in pandemic was challenging but end of the day we managed to pull off almost all tournaments and the domestic going well to so I am happy about it,” he added. Thus, a hectic run during the pandemic forced him to submit his resignation.

The BCCI employee was in charge of the board’s age-verification, anti-doping and medical wing. His resignation comes just before the U-16 boy’s national championship, which is better known as the Vijay Merchant Trophy, which is all set to be played next month.

However, his resignation wouldn’t impact the upcoming tour of South Africa. This is mainly due to the fact that he was never meant to travel to South Africa. According to ESPNcricinfo, BCCI has appointed Charles Minz as the team doctor for the South Africa trip. Thus, the major threat post his resignation is going to be the impact on the upcoming Vijay Merchant Trophy.