IND ENG Test Series – Sourav Ganguly Manchester Test: For the 1st time any Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official has come on record to give the real reason for the cancellation of Manchester Test last week. The board president Sourav Ganguly narrated the entire episode in his own words. In an interview to The Telegraph, Ganguly officially admitted that the ‘Indian team players refused to play the match’ & i.e the reason for the cancellation of the 5th & final match of the series.
“The players refused to play but you can’t blame them. Physio Yogesh Parmar was such a close contact of the players. Being the only one available after Nitin Patel isolated himself, he mixed freely with the players and even performed their Covid-19 tests. He also used to give them a massage, he was part of their everyday lives”
According to the former India captain, players were completely devastated and fearful after the positive test of physio.
“The players were devastated when they came to know that he (Team Physio) had tested positive for Covid-19. They feared they must have contracted the disease and were dead scared. It’s not easy staying in a bubble. Of course, you have to respect their feelings”
IND ENG Test Series: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly narrates the REAL REASON for the cancellation of Manchester Test
Cancelled Manchester Test – Ganguly speaks out on way forward for the cancelled match? As the 5th test got cancelled, India holds 2-1 lead in the series. Ganguly was asked, will India be announced as the winners or will the match be replayed at some point of time by The Telegraph?
According to the BCCI President, they are waiting for the dust to be settled and then only any discussion over the cancelled match can take place. Like ECB CEO, Ganguly also admitted that even if one-off test is played it will not be continuation of the series anymore.
“The Old Trafford Test has been cancelled. They have incurred a lot of losses and it’s not going to be easy on the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Let things settle down a bit, then we can discuss and decide. Whenever it’s held next year, it should be a one-off match since it cannot be a continuation of the series any more”, declared Dada in the interview.
What does Ganguly’s statement means?
IND ENG Test Series Result: The following is very clear after the statement from the BCCI President –
– First, that the series is over. The cancelled test will not be played again.
– The talk of playing one-off test in 2022 is just to compensate losses for the cancelled match for ECB. It will have no bearing on the result of the series
– Only Pending thing now is – that what is the result of the series for which ECB has already written to the ICC for intervention.
India vs England: ECB has written to ICC on outcome of cancelled fifth Test against India, says spokesperson
IND ENG Test Series – Result IND vs ENG Series? The ECB has officially written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to decide the fate of the cancelled fifth Test against India at Old Trafford, indicating that the two boards are far from reaching a settlement.
The series-deciding fifth and final Test in Manchester was called off after a Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp forced its senior players to express their apprehensions to both the BCCI and ECB on going ahead with the match.
“Yes we have written to the ICC,” an ECB spokesperson told PTI when asked if they want the global body to decide on the fifth Test.
The ECB wants the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee to address the issue and expect that a forfeiture would be granted so that they can claim insurance as they are going to lose 40 million pound if the match is declared abandoned due to Covid-19.
IND ENG Test Series
If the ICC rules the Test as abandoned – then India will win the series 2-1
if England get a forfeiture – as per the DRC ruling, it will be a 2-2 verdict and the host nation can also claim insurance.
The ECB going to the ICC proves that there hasn’t been an amicable settlement yet on the issue as the host board stares at losses. If it is ruled in favour of India, ECB stands to incur huge losses as most of the 40 million pound is not covered under Covid-19 insurance.