The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has opened up for the first time on why the Indians did not play the Manchester test. He said that the junior physio, Yogesh Parmer was in close contact with almost all the players after Nitin Patel the head physio had to isolate himself. Yogesh was performing the exercises on the players and even helped in their covid tests and so when the news came up on his becoming covid positive, the players got extremely scared. They were devastated when they heard of Yogesh’s news and were apprehensive that all of them may have contracted the disease.
Sourav ruled out that the withdrawal decision had anything to do with the IPL which was to start shortly after the 5th test. It was only that the players got mentally extremely insecure even after testing negative in their RT- PCR tests just before the 5th test and were apprehensive that they might contract the decease during the course of the test match.
Sourav has further said that the decision on the test will be taken after a few days and the test match if held next year will be a one-off test and not a part of the series.
” The Old Trafford Test has been cancelled. They (ECB) have incurred a lot of losses and it’s not going to be easy on [them]. Let things settle down a bit, then we can discuss and decide. Whenever it’s held next year, it should be a one-off match since it cannot be a continuation of the series anymore,” Ganguly said