The English camp is unhappy with the cancellation of the Manchester Test match to be played between India and England. All the former English cricketers have also given a statement regarding this on Team India. In this sequence, now former England cricketer Paul Newman has directly told Indian cricket,And targeted the IPL. He says that India did not respect this series and they violated the guidelines of Kovid before the fourth Test, due to which the match has been canceled.
IPL is blamed for Manchester Test
India’s assistant physio Yogesh Parmar was found corona positive before the Manchester Test, after which the Indian players refused to play the last match and the match was cancelled. On this, former English cricketer Paul Newman says that if Indian players did not have to take part in the IPL, then this would not have happened. He said in a column for the Daily Mail,
“If most of the players from India Amir had not been going to Dubai for the start of the tournament, the game on the first day would not have been called off in the morning. Any Indian player who has an IPL contract doesn’t take the risk of playing Tests so that if he tested positive, he would have to stay in England for 10 more days and miss the IPL starting September 19.”
India did not honor the series
Paul Newman has further said that the Indian team did not respect the England series. In fact, some members including Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli attended the book launch during the Oval Test. Only after that the Kovid cases were found in the Indian camp and they kept on increasing and finally the Manchester Test was cancelled. Newman said,
“Apart from this, India did not respect the series and did not respect Test cricket by violating the guidelines of Kovid before the fourth Test. The entire outbreak in his camp started with Shastri’s presence in a London hotel with captain Virat Kohli and several players and staff, which was attended by over 150 people two days before the Oval Test.
Fifth Test can be played next year
The matter of the cancellation of the last Test match to be played between India and England is not yet settled. Aside, is offering the ECB that if they agree to organize the last Test on next year’s tour of England, India is ready to play a series of 5 T20I matches instead of 3.
At the same time, the ECB has written a letter to the ICC to get the match canceled so that it can draw the series 2-2. However, now the decision is in the hands of the ICC as to what decision it takes considering the last match to be cancelled. Let us tell you, India was leading 2-1 in the series and this is the best chance for India to win the Test series in England after 2007.