Former England skipper David Gower has said Virat Kohli sent an email to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the eve of the Manchester Test, where he explained the situation within his squad after another Covid-19 positive case arrived in the support staff.
Yogesh Parmar, assistant physio of Team India, was tested positive for Covid-19 on the eve of the Old Trafford Test. Things weren’t clear till late night but the game was expected to go underway only to be cancelled at the final hour.
“Wow! No one, least of all I, saw that coming. It leads us into unprecedented territories. I mean I know other matches have been abandoned sometimes a few balls bowled and various other circumstances but to have the thing called off at the last moment Virat Kohli e-mailed the BCCI at midnight the day before the whole sequence of events needs explaining a little bit better,” Gower told Cricket.com
“I was up there on the first morning on my way to watch Day 1 to enjoy some cricket, talk to people about the game to talk about the hospitality. But by the time I got there, of course, the situation had rather changed.”
Sourav Ganguly, BCCI chief, will now be travelling to the United Kingdom on September 22 and will be discussing the further possibilities of rescheduling the Manchester Test.
“The worrying thing for me is this: If the IPL was so very closely linked to this, then that to me is very disappointing because I mean sound old, crusty, but for all those people like me and dare I say, Virat the last time he was in England, he made a big point about how important Test match cricket is to him So, for all of us who like Test cricket and value it as the best part of the game, to see a Test abandoned like this was tragic,” Gower added.