Quickly after the Indian cricket board (BCCI) and ECB got here to a conclusion to call-off the fifth and remaining Manchester Take a look at following Covid scare, former England skipper Nasser Hussain levelled some critical allegations towards the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) and opined that the upcoming second half of the IPL 2021 performed a serious function in getting the fifth Take a look at cancelled.
Hussain believes that the BCCI have been involved about heavy monetary losses they might incur if the IPL 2021 needed to be postponed additional within the case of gamers contracting Covid-19 through the Manchester Take a look at. He additionally feels that gamers wouldn’t need to threat their participation within the match which was already impacted by Covid-19 earlier this yr.
“Initially, the BCCI was at all times very involved about this Take a look at match. They wished the whole lot moved to ensure the IPL is a large monetary situation hanging over the sport, over Indian cricket. They’ve already moved it, then moved it half of it this time round. After all, that is in regards to the IPL, however that is about gamers who’re considering: ‘If I get down constructive right here now, at present, I’ve to do one other 10 days’,” Hussain mentioned.
Hussain additionally mentioned that the IPL was non-negotiable for the Indian cricket board, including that the BCCI was not too completely satisfied in regards to the positioning of the fifth Take a look at near the IPL 2021, which is being held within the United Arab Emirates.
“You’ll recall that they tried to get it moved. Due to the funds concerned, the IPL is non-negotiable to them. It merely has to happen. And so when a workforce pull out of a match like this, it reaches an inevitable however unhappy conclusion for Take a look at ticket-holders. With no wriggle room for re-scheduling, the most effective they’ll hope for now’s a stand-alone match in future.”
In the meantime, the English media have additionally levelled some critical allegations towards the Indian gamers and slammed chief coach Ravi Shastri for the “bio-bubble” breach.
Simply hours earlier than play was set to start on the Previous Trafford, the sport’s cancellation was introduced because of India’s fears a couple of potential Covid outbreak regardless of all of the gamers’ newest PCR assessments returning unfavorable outcomes.
4 members of the touring social gathering have examined constructive this week, with physiotherapist Yogesh Parma testing constructive on Wednesday evening and becoming a member of boss Ravi Shastri and two different members of his workers in isolation.
To this, Each day Mail in its report acknowledged, “Why have India refused to play if not a single participant has examined constructive? India’s gamers are determined to not miss the resumption of the profitable Indian Premier League within the UAE from September 19. It appears they took the precaution of cancelling their pre-match coaching session and isolating of their lodge rooms to this finish.
“Indian head coach Ravi Shastri had examined constructive after attending a busy ebook launch in a London lodge, together with your complete Indian squad. The ECB have been already fuming a couple of resolution which, they believed, jeopardised the Manchester Take a look at, and this morning there have been options that members of the touring social gathering have been seen out and about in Manchester yesterday – regardless of guarantees from the BCCI after the book-launch controversy that they might tighten their protocols forward of the fifth Take a look at,” it added.
In the meantime, BBC additionally believed that IPL may need lots to do with this call-off. “That is fairly weird as a result of final evening the gamers all handed their PCR assessments. We went to mattress considering the match would go forward.”
“I believe the IPL would have lots to do with this. It begins in 10 days’ time. The gamers are on enormous contacts. The IPL is value 300m kilos to the BCCI. They’re determined to guard their product and the gamers shield their contracts. This stands to price the ECB 20m kilos, one assumes there can be some negotiations about that with the BCCI. It’s a disgrace Covid has interfered with an excellent collection,” BBC correspondent wrote.