England’s captain David Gower has said that the 5th match cancellation in Manchester needs to have a better explanation. Because of the Covid-19 suspicion, the match has been canceled. For David Gower, it is not a great decision that India has taken for itself.
According to him, Virat Kohli has sent the email to BCCI for cancellation at midnight and after that, they have taken the decision that the match will be held later after the team will overcome the Covid situation. Kohli asked at midnight just before some hours of starting the 5th test match.
David Gower quoted directly in Cricket.com.
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“Wow! No one, least of all I, saw that coming. It leads us into unprecedented territories,”
In addition he added,
“I mean I know other matches have been abandoned… sometimes a few balls bowled and various other circumstances but to have the thing called off at the last moment – Virat Kohli sending letters to the BCCI at midnight, the day before – the whole sequence of events needs explaining a little bit better,”
His quotes are saying that he is probably disappointed with this decision. He was expecting a more elaborated reason behind the cancellation of the match. He thinks that probably IPL or Indian Premier League is the main reason behind the 5th test cancellation, then it is silly work. However, this is a kind of disappointment or a misunderstanding that has taken place.
He also said for this,
“The worrying thing for me is this: If the IPL was so very closely linked to this, then that to me is very disappointing because… I mean sound old, crusty, but for all those people like me and dare I say, Virat… the last time he was in England, he made a big point about how important Test match cricket is to him,”
England was thinking of the best defeat that they could spend for the 5th match. But India’s cancelation news destroyed all the plans at a glance. However, it is obvious to have this speech from David Gower.
In the answer, Sourav Ganguly, BCCI president has enunciated,
“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,”
So, this is totally a misunderstanding that has taken place between two teams. India is saying that Covid curiosity was the main reason behind the match cancellation, nothing else.