Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has rubbished speculations that the Indian Premier League (IPL) had a role behind the cancellation of the fifth and final Test between India and England at Manchester last week. The former India captain said that the Indian players were concerned about contracting COVID-19 and had refused to play after physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive.
What Sourav Ganguly said
Sourav Ganguly said, “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…. The players were devastated when they came to know that he 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,” he added. The former cricketer, however, denied that the upcoming IPL had played any part in the decision. “No, no, the BCCI will never be an irresponsible board. We value other boards too,” Sourav Ganguly said.
Notably, Sourav Ganguly had earlier raised doubts on the fifth Test after Yogesh Parmar tested positive for the viral infection.
ECB moves ICC
After the fifth and the final Test between India and England at Manchester was called off, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has approached the International Cricket Council (ICC) to decide the fate of the cancelled Test. The development indicates that the ECB and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have failed to reach a consensus on the outcome of the cancelled Test.
An ECB spokesperson confirmed the development. Notably, India was leading the Test series 2-1. If the ICC rules the Test as abandoned, then India will win the series 2-1, but if England gets forfeiture as per the DRC ruling, it will be a 2-2 verdict and the host nation can also claim insurance.
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.
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