Former England captain Nasser Hussain said he had a lot of sympathy with the Indian players while saying that the cancellation of the fifth Test of the continuing India-English series has a lot to do with the upcoming second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021), which played must be from 19 September.
Just hours before the throwing of the fifth Test on 10 September 2021, Friday, the Test match to be played in Manchester was canceled as ECB and BCCI discussed much after reports appeared of several Indian players worried about playing this test match.
The second body of the Indian team, Yogesh Parmar, tested COVI positively on Wednesday and the entire Indian team was asked to insulate in their hotel rooms as Parmar was in close contact with them. They underwent RT-PCR tests on Thursday morning, and although the reports were negative for everyone, the players were still not sure if they would play the test match.
BCCI wanted everything that was relocated to make sure the IPL was a major financial problem hanging over the 5ste Test: Nasser Hussain
Hussain believes the BCCI is worried about the huge financial losses they would suffer if the IPL were to be further postponed in the case of players who contract Covid-19 during the Manchester Test.
Despite the negative test results, COVID symptoms can also occur 2-3 days after close contact if it happened during the fifth test, it would have been catastrophic for the visitors as the whole team had to isolate for 10 days. This would have led to the IPL 2021, which starts in the UAE from 19 September, possibly having to be postponed again, and it would also have a waterfall effect.
‘Initially, the BCCI was always very worried about this Test match. They wanted everything to be moved to make sure the IPL is a big financial problem hanging over the game, over Indian cricket. They have already moved it, and then moved it half of it. It’s obviously about the IPL, but it’s about players who think: if I’m positive here, today, I have ten more days to do. ” Hussain told Sky Sports.
Nasser Hussain then sympathized with the situation of the Indian players and stressed their position.
In this regard, he said: ‘I have a lot of sympathy with the Indian players as they had two physios who tested positive for Covid-19. The second one would have treated all the players with some sore corpses before a fifth Test match. You can not do physiotherapy without close contact. Even the players have tested negative several times now, the incubation period means that they are worried that they will test positive two or three days in the test match and three or four players will decrease.
The series is 2-1 in favor of India and ICC will take one last call on the outcome of the series after the fifth Test match is canceled, whether India get the points to win the series or what the way forward is.