New Delhi: The cancellation of India’s fifth and final Test against England in Manchester due to concerns about more COVID-19 cases in the visitors’ camp was described on Friday as a “absolute shame” and a “anticlimax” to a “wonderful series.” Many of them, however, refused to blame India, which led the series 2-1, pointing out that England had done the same in South Africa.
The Test was called off just a few hours before the toss due to physio Yogesh Parmar’s positive COVID-19 test, which raised concerns that the infection could spread during the match.
“This is such a shame – as it’s been a wonderful series!” Australian spin legend Shane Warne tweeted after the Old Trafford Test was cancelled.
This is such a shame – as it’s been a wonderful series ! https://t.co/tPPrAJXCoT
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) September 10, 2021
England’s batting legend Kevin Pietersen believes the Indians should not be blamed for their decision not to play the Test. “England left the tour of SA for Covid scares & cost CSA plenty,” he tweeted. “Do you recall what I said about where Test Cricket will be in 2026?”
England left the tour of SA for Covid scares & cost CSA plenty, so don’t go pointing fingers!
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) September 10, 2021
Former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted: “India have let English Cricket down!!! But England did let South African Cricket down!!!”
India have let English Cricket down !!! But England did let South African Cricket down !!!
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 10, 2021
Another former England captain, Nasser Hussain, stated that it would have been nice to finish the series after what both sides and the game of cricket went through this summer. “It’s a real shame that this series has to end on such a low note after all the bubble time they’ve done and everything they’ve done to get this series on,” he said on Sky Sports.
Former England batsman Mark Butcher suggested that the start of the Indian Premier League in the UAE on September 19 could be one of the reasons for the Test’s cancellation. “The IPL resumes in the UAE on September 19, and any further postponement of the Test would push the Indian players past the start of the competition (IPL),” he said on Sky Sports.
“Also, if any of the Indian players test positive in the meantime, they will be quarantined for another 10 days in the UK before they can leave,” he added. “There could be a variety of reasons, but it’s a pity that the series hasn’t been completed in the manner that it was intended.”
He stated that the series had been fantastic and that India had been a fantastic team, giving England a real run for their money in home conditions. “We had a hunch last night that there might be a problem; there was talk of postponing the Test match, which of course would have caused as many problems as it would have solved.”
The Royal Challengers Bangalore team, led by India captain Virat Kohli, stated that the correct decision was made. “Everyone’s health and safety are of the utmost importance, and the correct decision has been made. We sincerely hope and pray that everyone is safe “The RCB issued a tweet.
The Fifth #ENGvIND Test has been canceled due to concerns over rising COVID cases in the Indian Camp.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 10, 2021
Another IPL side Punjab Kings described the development as “sad news”.
Mad times but I suppose we’re prepared for everything in the current climate. Some questions – what happens to the points/how does the series end? If not forfeited? Will there be a chance to complete it another time? #ENGvIND
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) September 10, 2021
Isa Guha, a former England women’s footballer, tweeted: “These are crazy times… Some questions: what happens to the points? How does the series conclude? If it is not forfeited? Will there be another chance to finish it?”