Saurav Ganguly, Dada one of the former giants of cricket and at the present chief of India’s Cricket Control Board (BCCI) clears that there was no role of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the cancellation of the 5th test match between India and England. Ganguly said that due to COVID-19 their players refused to play the final test against England.
On Monday Ganguly said to an Indian newspaper “you could not blame the player because they refused to play”. Further, he said that Physio Yogesh Parmar was close contact with the players. He also performed their COVID-19 test. Parmar mixed freely with the players.
Further, Ganguly said, “Parmar was part of their everyday lives. He used to give them regular massage”. “Players also got scared after they came to know that Parmar had tested COVID-19 positive. They feared they must have contracted the virus,” said Ganguly.
Therefore, last Friday the fifth and last test match was canceled by the men in blue before two hours of its scheduled time. Men in blue were leading the series by 2-1 and The Old Trafford test was the deciding match of the series. After their physiotherapist tested positive for COVID-19, they failed to field aside.
Michael Vaughan former captain of England suggested that Indian players were “feared” of testing positive ahead of the IPL which resumes in the United Arab Emirates from September 19. Whereas Tom Harrison CEO of England and Wales Cricket Board has said that the cancellation had nothing to do with the IPL and Ganguly echoed those comments.
Further, he said, “BCCI will never be an irresponsible board. We value other boards too”. Adding that the match will likely to be resume next year.