New Delhi: Former England captain Nasser Hussain has said that hectic schedules were one of the reasons for the cancellation of the fifth Test between India and England in Manchester. After several conference calls and attempts by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to find a solution, the Test was canceled as Indian players refused to play.
English media made serious allegations
Captain Virat Kohli is understood to have told on behalf of the Indian cricketers that the infection may appear in the next few days, as the Covid negative test on the eve of the match was not guaranteed. But BBC cricket correspondent and former cricketer Jonathan Agnew reported on Friday that India refused to play to save the unfinished IPL, which is set to resume in the UAE from September 19.
Nasir Hussain also made a big allegation
In his column for the Daily Mail, Hussain wrote on Saturday, “Sure, they (the audience) will get their money back, but they won’t get to watch any matches.” Reimbursement for travel and accommodation will not be made. He missed the last match of a good series. He said, ‘This is where we are in the world of cricket right now, because there is a busy schedule and the Indian Premier League (IPL) is also in front. As soon as the case of Kovid came to the Indian camp, some decisions were also about that tournament. It should be remembered that India has always been cautious about the situation in this Test match.
IPL more important – Hussain
Hussain said that IPL is important for the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The BCCI was not very happy about the status of the fifth Test of the IPL to be held in the United Arab Emirates. Hussain said, ‘You will remember that they tried to move it. IPL is important for them. It just has to happen and so when a team gets out of the match like this, it is an inevitable but sad thing for the Test ticket holders.