After the fifth test between India and England got cancelled, many fans and experts expressed their disappointment. Recently, former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman was also dissatisfied by the abrupt end of the series. However, he feels that the cancellation was the right call.
Laxman also feels that it is not right to blame IPL for the called-off match. He feels that when a close contact tests positive, it is very stressful and fearful for the person.
“It was an abrupt, somewhat disappointing end to what had been a cracking series but given the circumstances in which the final Test at Old Trafford was cancelled, it’s unfair to point fingers or play the blame game. More than a year and a half since the pandemic, the world is still far from a safe place.
It might be tempting for many to see the Indian team as the villain of the piece, but I can say from our IPL experiences this summer that once any member of the team that you have been in close contact with tests positive, it is impossible not to be apprehensive, indeed fearful,” Laxman wrote in his TOI column.
I think the cancellation of the Test was the right call: VVS Laxman
Indian players refused to take the field and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had to cancel the test. Now both BCCI and ECB are working on rescheduling the test and adding a few white-ball games in India’s next tour to England. ECB has also written to the ICC to judge the result of the fifth test.
VVS Laxman says that the cancellation was the right call as players were not in the mental state to take the field. Also, he feels that ICC should award the series to India 2-1 as BCCI has put forward a good offer to the ECB.
“To take the field in that mental state is far from ideal. So is the potential risk of endangering others on the park, be it your teammates, the officials or the opponents. Against that backdrop, I think the cancellation of the Test was the right call, though I feel deeply for the fans who had invested so much time, money and emotion in the contest.
I hope the ICC sees the situation for what it is and awards the series 2-1to India, particularly with the BCCI having offered to play a Test during their white ball tour of England next year,” Laxman added.
Laxman also stated an important lesson from this situation. He said that no one can put their guard down even if the country doesn’t demand it. The United Kingdom had lifted it’s lockdown and Indian players were seen roaming in the streets as there was no bubble. VVS also commended the series and said that 3-1 would have been an accurate reflection of the strength and quality of both teams.
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