- There was a lot of drama in Manchester regarding the 5th match between India and England.
- Amidst the fear of Kovid, Team India had refused to enter the field.
- After this, England declared themselves the winner of the canceled match and drew the series 2-2.
- The hosts agreed to cancel the match when the BCCI spoke to the ECB
There was a 24-hour film drama in Manchester just before the 5th Test between India and England. It started on Thursday after assistant physio Yogesh Parmar was hit by Kovid-19, while Friday ended with a canceled match. During this a marathon meeting took place between both the boards and BCCI secretary Jay Shah not only kept in touch with the players throughout, but also saved the lost match off the field in the last. This canceled match will be rescheduled later.
This is how the drama started
Parmar’s first Kovid test was found negative, but later he too was found positive like Ravi Shastri and other coaching staff. In a hurry, the team’s practice session had to be canceled on Thursday. After the RT-PCR test twice, the players refused to take the front of the host team the next day due to fear of Kovid. From here the world’s strongest cricket board BCCI took the lead and reversed England’s decision, in which the host had declared himself the winner saying that Team India has withdrawn from playing, so the series is tied at 2-2.
Kovid killed India vs England Manchester test, heart of fans broken
Tom Harrison did everything possible to put Team India on the field
CEO Tom Harrison said that the match had to be canceled not because of fear of the corona virus but because of ‘what could happen’ thinking about it. He said that every effort was made to convince the Indian players to make them feel comfortable. But the players, terrified of assistant physio Yogesh Parmar being Kovid positive, refused to take the field.
The meeting between the two boards was not very ‘friendly’, these conditions were kept
The talks between the BCCI and the ECB during this period were not very friendly, although in the end there was a mutual agreement between the two boards. ECB’s best effort was that Team India landed on the field. If it does not come, then surrender and the winner of the match is considered England. In such a situation, the series was drawn 2-2.
Team India was adamant on not ‘surrendering’
Team India refused to accept all these options of England and stuck to its point. The team told the board that the players would not take the field on Friday, but would not lose the match either. After this, both the boards started talking about finding a middle way. In the end, the ECB, which itself was concerned about the safety of the Indian players, issued a cancellation statement along with the BCCI.
In the end the match was canceled, BCCI won
BCCI issued a joint statement – India jointly with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has decided to cancel the 5th Test match of India’s tour of England in Manchester in 2021. The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussions to find a way to play Test matches. However, the outbreak of Kovid-19 in the Indian team’s squad forced the decision to cancel the Old Trafford Test match. In return for the strong ties between the BCCI and the ECB, the BCCI has offered the ECB to reschedule the canceled Test matches. Both the boards will work towards finding a window to reschedule this Test match.
ECB CEO’s statement put in trouble
According to the report, Tom Harrison, the Chief Executive Officer of the England and Wales Cricket Board, said – I think this is a different situation. We have been given a few other options that will have to be looked at. He was asked whether it will be a separate match or the decider of the series. If it will be a separate match then India will be declared victorious, but it has not been officially confirmed yet.
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