After the cancellation of the fifth and final Test between India and England on Friday (September 10) are fingers to the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, which will resume in the UAE from 19 September.
The fifth Test was canceled especially two hours before the scheduled start at Old Trafford in Manchester due to concerns about the coronavirus in the Indian camp. But, some former English players blamed the IPL for all the mess and claimed that the fifth Test was suspended to make way for the profitable league.
Now, after all the controversy, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is head Sourav Ganguly denies that IPL played a role in the cancellation of the Manchester Test. Ganguly claimed that Indian players refused to play the match due to concerns about COVID-19.
The former captain of India claims that when physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive for new coronavirus, it affected players badly because he was in close contact with everyone.
“The players refused to play, but you can not blame them. “Physio Yogesh Parmar was such a close contact of the players … he mixed freely with the players and even performed their COVID-19 tests, ‘ Ganguly tells The Telegraph.
‘He also regularly gave them a massage; he was part of their daily lives. The players were devastated when they learned that he had tested positive for COVID-19. “They were afraid that they would have contracted the disease and were terrified.” he added.
Formerly England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison also rejected the link with the IPL over the cancellation of the Manchester Test. Harrison mentioned that the situation has nothing to do with the rescheduled IPL.
‘Let me be very clear on this – I do not think the IPL has anything to do with this. This is not a situation created by a rescheduled IPL. I essentially do not believe it for a second, ‘ Harrison said in a statement.