Sourav Ganguly said Indian players were dead scared after team physio tested positive in Manchester.© AFP
Former India captain and current Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has expressed his views on the fifth Test between India and England which was cancelled following Covid outbreak in the Indian team contingent. Many cricket experts believed that it was the resumption of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 that led to the cancellation of the Manchester Test match. Speaking to Indian English daily The Telegraph, Ganguly said the BCCI is not an “irresponsible board”.
“No, no, the BCCI will never be an irresponsible board. We value other boards too,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by The Telegraph when asked whether IPL played a role in the calling off of the fifth Test.
The former India captain also said that the Indian players refused to take the field as they were “dead scared” after team’s second physio contracted the virus.
“The players refused to play but you can’t blame them. Physio Yogesh Parmar was such a close contact of the players. Being the only one available after Nitin Patel isolated himself, he mixed freely with the players and even performed their COVID-19 tests. He also used to give them a massage, he was part of their everyday lives…. The players were devastated when they came to know that he had tested positive for COVID-19,” Ganguy said.
“They feared they must have contracted the disease and were dead scared. It’s not easy staying in a bubble. Of course, you have to respect their feelings,” he added.
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