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We need rescheduled Test vs England to be ‘fifth’ of sequence and never one off: Sourav Ganguly

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We want rescheduled Test vs England to be ‘fifth’ of series and not one off: Sourav Ganguly

The proposed ”standalone” Test between India and England needs to be handled because the series-deciding fifth match that was cancelled final week owing to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Indian camp, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly advised PTI on Monday and dominated out the potential of it being handled as a one-off sport.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has written to the ICC looking for a Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC) verdict on the destiny of the cancelled match that was to be performed at Old Trafford, Manchester. The ICC is but to touch upon the matter.
”We need the sequence to be accomplished as this will likely be our first sequence win (in England) since 2007,” Ganguly advised PTI in an unique interview.
”The BCCI maintains that Test cricket is the final word format and we gained’t compromise it for something,” he made it clear.
India have been main 2-1 when the match was known as off final week after the visiting gamers refused to step on to the sphere following optimistic COVID-19 circumstances amongst its assist workers, together with head coach Ravi Shastri.
A forfeiture will permit the ECB to get insurance coverage reimbursement of 40 million kilos that, it claims, would assist offset its losses due to the cancellation.
Asked if BCCI has provided to play two further T20 Internationals when the workforce excursions in July subsequent yr for a white-ball sequence in lieu of the Test, Ganguly mentioned: ”We are able to play further ODI and T20Is and that’s not a difficulty.
”Just that the Test match that will likely be performed later would be the fifth match of the sequence.” If the ICC deems that the match was deserted resulting from COVID-19, then India will formally win the sequence 2-1 as such a cancellation is taken into account an ”acceptable non-compliance” beneath the World Test Championship guidelines.
”There is priority of sequence being cancelled due to COVID-19 up to now 18 months. The BCCI cancelled its house sequence in opposition to South Africa final yr which value us round 40 to 50 million kilos,” the previous captain mentioned.
He additionally hoped that in close to future there will likely be concrete ”medical recommendation” on provide that can permit sequence to go on even with COVID circumstances throughout the workforce.
”Because we perceive how detrimental it’s to the sport by way of spectators and viewers’ curiosity (TV and OTT) particularly when the sequence has been of such top quality. Test cricket is BCCI’s foremost precedence,” he acknowledged.
Ganguly mentioned that the BCCI is ”disillusioned” that the match was known as off nevertheless it couldn’t have pushed the apprehensive gamers past a degree.
”We are extraordinarily disillusioned that this sequence needed to be known as off. The solely motive is COVID-19 outbreak and gamers’ security. We may solely push them to a degree.
”But the pandemic is so extreme that one can solely go that a lot distance,” he defined.
Asked if the choice of fielding a contemporary workforce by resting a number of the senior gamers, who weren’t snug, was thought of, Ganguly answered within the unfavourable.
”No that wasn’t an choice. If you see the Yogesh Parmar (the junior physio who examined optimistic simply earlier than the match) was an in depth contact of each participant,” Ganguly mentioned.
”So clearly that was a reason behind fear. It was one thing no one had any management on and so they (the gamers) had households travelling with them,” he added, justifying the anxiousness within the camp.
ECB CEO Tom Harrison had additionally mentioned that each effort was made to consolation the travelling gamers however the ”notion of what would possibly occur” made them terrified of enjoying.
Asked if he would try to type it ”amicably” with Harrison and ECB head Ian Whatmore throughout his private go to to London on September 23, Ganguly mentioned: ”Even the Test match was known as off amicably. I’m going there and let’s see, we’ll determine one thing.”