Revealed on: Sep 11, 2021
England Cricket Board (ECB) CEO Tom Harrison on Friday mentioned it was Indian gamers’ anxiousness over the COVID-19 scenario of their camp and never a COVID-19 outbreak that pressured the cancellation of the fifth and last Take a look at at Outdated Trafford in Manchester. The fifth Take a look at was at all times doubtful after assistant physio Yogesh Parmar’s constructive COVID-19 check on Thursday. Earlier than that, head coach Ravi Shastri and he help employees had been additionally despatched into isolation after the previous examined COVID-19 constructive within the midst of the fourth Take a look at
Explaining the scenario whereas chatting with the media, Harrison mentioned, “It is a actually unhappy day, my coronary heart goes out to followers. We’re completely gutted. Internationally this recreation will get astronomical viewers. It turned clear yesterday round lunch time that there was an issue when it comes to the anxiousness stage within the Indian workforce.
“It wasn’t an outbreak of COVID, it was a notion of what may occur put up the physio testing constructive. Over the course of the day, we tried to present as many various assurances that we might to present consolation to the gamers,” he added.
Whereas the BCCI has agreed to reschedule the sport, Harrison mentioned that the Take a look at, at any time when will probably be performed, will likely be seen as a standalone match. What occurs to the eventual results of the continued collection in unclear. Preliminary studies acknowledged that India had forfeited the sport and therefore the collection ended 2-2. Nonetheless, it was later clarified that nothing of that kind has been determined.
Talking on the proposed rescheduled Take a look at, Harrison advised Sky Sports activities. “No, I feel it is a stand-alone scenario. We’ve got been supplied a number of different choices, most likely want to have a look (at these). The glass half full model of it’s that the prospects of taking part in a one off Take a look at match in opposition to India as a focus on this floor, let’s attempt to ship on that. It may be the one excellent news that comes out of a day like right this moment.”
The almost certainly window for the rescheduled match could possibly be July subsequent yr when India go to England for a white-ball collection. The ECB CEO confirmed that medical consultants had been made to talk to the Indian gamers to persuade them about going forward with the Take a look at.
“Upon getting bought that sense of tension within the dressing room, it might be very tough to reverse that. Bodily and psychological well being of gamers is vital. Folks perceive that when you may have pulled a hamstring you can not play however when you may have a psychological well being concern akin to a hamstring pull, that is much less effectively understood,” he mentioned.
“We’re in a scenario now that we aren’t in bio-bubble however in managed residing requirements, which is best for gamers. It isn’t a COVID-free atmosphere however COVID-managed atmosphere,” Harrison defined.
The Indian and England gamers will now head to the UAE for the IPL, which begins on September 19. Franchises are wanting make preparations to fly their respective gamers to the Center East.
–By A Cricket Correspondent