India Tour of England: In disappointing news for fans, top English commentators like Nasser Hussain, Rob Key and Ebony Rainford-Brent will miss the first half of the India vs England Test series. Sky Sports has opted to keep the three famous voices behind the mic in The Hundred instead of the Test series. Virat Kohli’s India will take on Joe Root’s England in a five-match Test series that begins on August 4.
Nasser Hussain, Rob Key and Ebony Rainford-Brent will remain with The Hundred commentary team until the end of the competition with the finals on August 21. That means the trio will miss out on the first two Tests. They will only be available from the 3rd Test that begins on August 25 at Leeds.
India Tour of England: Former England captain Nasser Hussain is an iconic voice behind the mic with his analysis, knowledge and insight. Since he has spent days commentating in India, he is also well versed with Indian stars in the series. For Rob Key, he is known for his quirky remarks that light up dull and even difficult moments during a match.
While Indian fans will be disappointed with their absence from the commentary box during the first two Tests, Sky Sports has taken the decision based on their commitments to support The Hundred throughout. ECB’s new pet project, the 100-ball tournament has been gaining a lot of attention in the UK with a record number of stadium attendance in women’s matches.
India Tour of England: However, during the India vs England Test series, the familiar voices of Mike Atherton, Michael Holding and Ian Ward will be present besides guest appearances from Andrew Strauss and Murali Karthik during the series, besides Dinesh Karthik.
Even though the top commentators will not be available, The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is prioritising the five-match Test series. With COVID-19 cases on the rise in the UK, the ECB wants to shield top players like Joe Root, Ben Stokes and other red-ball specialists. They will not be part of The Hundred a week before the Test series begins.
India Tour of England: Joe Root and Ben Stokes both have been out of The Hundred since July 26 with the ECB shielding the players for the multi-million dollar Test series. Ben Stokes was disappointed with the decision and said it would be frustrating not to play The Hundred completely.
“It would be very frustrating to not be able to participate in The Hundred. It’s a massive event for England and we want to be part of it. We know how big role players play in making a franchise competition big, and if the Test players were unable to play in it because of Covid, that would be pretty devastating,” Ben Stokes had said.