- England team returned home after 26/11 attack in Mumbai
- Later the England team came to India to complete the series under the leadership of Pietersen.
- India-England 5th test match canceled due to corona
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has lauded the BCCI’s offer to reschedule the canceled Old Trafford Test. He also said that India should never forget England’s help to return to complete the tour which was halted due to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.
Indian team’s assistant physio Yogesh Parmar was also found positive, after which the Indian team decided not to play the fifth match of the Test series. Indian players were mentally unprepared to stay in quarantine in England for 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19. This could also affect the organization of the Indian Premier League.
The BCCI and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) later said that the match would be replayed at a later date. Although this match will not be a part of this series, but nothing has been said about it officially.
Gavaskar told Sony Sports, the official Indian broadcaster of the series, “Yes, I think it would be the right move (planning to replay the canceled Test). Look, in India we should never forget what the England team did after the 26/11 terrorist attack in 2008. They came back to complete the series.
He said, ‘The England team could have said at that time that ‘we don’t feel safe. We won’t come back’ but they didn’t.’ The visiting England team was playing an ODI against India in Cuttack on 26 November when terrorists attacked Mumbai. Due to which the last two ODIs of the seven-match series were cancelled.
England immediately decided to go home. But later returned for a two-Test series in which India won 1–0. Gavaskar said that the then captain Kevin Pietersen was instrumental in the decision to return England for the Test matches.
“It should never be forgotten that Kevin Pietersen led the team, and he was the key figure in this decision,” he said. Had Pietersen refused to come to India at that time, the tour would have ended there.
Fifth Test can be played next year
Terming the BCCI’s offer to play the match again at a later date, Gavaskar said that the canceled Test could be held next year after the Indian Premier League.