IND vs ENG 5th Test: Sunil Gavaskar lauds BCCI’s decision to reschedule 5th Test, says ‘Don’t forget ECB’s gesture after 26/11 Mumbai attacks’- Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, who is in the commentary panel for the Test series between India and England, said that rescheduling the cancelled Manchester Test is the correct thing to do. He also recalled England’s tour of India in 2008 when India was attacked by terrorists on 26/11 and the English team had to return back home. England came back to play the two-match Test series.
“Yes, I think that the decision of rescheduling the cancelled Manchester Test would be the correct thing to do. We should never forget what the England team did in 2008 after the horrific attack, the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. The English team came back. They were perfectly entitled to say, ‘we don’t feel safe, so We will not come back’. Never forget that Kevin Pietersen led the team, and he was the main man. If KP had said no and refused then that would have been the end of the matter,” Gavaskar said on Sony Sports network.
Update: The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the match, however, the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the Old Trafford Test.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 10, 2021
Sunil Gavaskar was also happy to see BCCI’s positive approach. Team India is likely to play the remaining Test match in 2022 when the team will tour for the limited-overs series.
“It is a piece of the fantastic news that the BCCI is willing to make up for it. It is exactly how the relationship between two boards should be. It is absolutely apt that the BCCI offers to play the game during their next tour to England. I think the IPL will finish in early June. So there is enough time for them to go a few days early, depending on whether we still have Covid and all the restrictions, and maybe play a Test match before or after,” Gavaskar added.
Following ongoing conversations with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth LV= Insurance Test at Emirates Old Trafford, due to start today, will be cancelled.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 10, 2021
The ECB statement initially said that India, who led the series 2-1, had forfeited the final Test and the series was drawn 2-2. The statement has since been amended to say: “India are regrettably unable to field a team.”
BCCI has proposed ECB hold the last match of the series in 2022. India, for the record, are scheduled to visit England in July 2022 for three one-day Internationals and three T20 Internationals. If all goes well the Test could most likely be scheduled around that time.