Nobody in cricket, or any other sport for that matter, seems to understand the concept of over saturation. Things like a test against India or an Ashes series, or any test series really, used to be a huge deal but now its a constant treadmill of game after game.5th Test or not, I have to say Ind v Eng has become a bit of an overkill nowadays. The English Test side isn't as exciting as their ODI/ Australians and to have to play them the entire year over 9 Tests is an eye sore of sorts. It reminds me of the Ind v SRL we used to have in the run up to the ICC CWC 2011. I had even jokingly remarked that in the event of an Ind v SRL final, the spectators would probably get bored. To top it, there's another Ind v Eng tour scheduled next year.
He's confirmed the Indian players refused to play so in line with the current ICC regulations that's clearly a forfeit so at least that's cleared up.Dada dada dada .. pinning it all on the players to wash off IPL. This is why politics s*cks - makes you turn on your idols
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly rubbished speculation that the resumption of IPL 2021 played a part in the cancellation of the fifth Test between India and England.sports.ndtv.com
16.2 ICC Match Referee awarding a match
16.2.1 A match shall be lost by a side which either
188.8.131.52 concedes defeat or
184.108.40.206 in the opinion of the ICC Match Referee refuses to play and the ICC Match Referee shall award the match to the other side.
Fine. But the official statement released by ECB says that ECB in co-ordination BCCI with the have agreed to postpone the match indefinitely. So in no way BCCI have refused to play but this is a decision made by mutual co-ordination between the respective boards.The regulations quoted are from the revised test match conditions effective from 1st July 2021 to cover covid related issues.
Fine. But the official statement released by ECB says that ECB in co-ordination BCCI with the have agreed to postpone the match indefinitely. So in no way BCCI have refused to play but this is a decision made by mutual co-ordination between the respective boards.
Following ongoing conversations with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth LV= Insurance Test between England and India Men due to start today at Emirates Old Trafford, will be cancelled.
Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are regrettably unable to field a team.
We send our sincere apologies to fans and partners for this news, which we know will cause immense disappointment and inconvenience to many.
Further information will be shared in due course.
Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are unable to field a team and will instead forfeit the match,
The players refused to play but you can't blame them.
Looking at the current schedule for next summer you'd struggle to fit the test in let alone a test and extra T20s unless they start playing games back to back. Isn't there a minimum number of days off mandated between tests? Sure that was mentioned as a reason all tests don't start on Thursdays in England anymore.According to the sound bytes from Ganguly that I have read, he says India is willing to play extra T20I's next year as long as the Manchester test match is NOT played as a one-off test. It should be played as a completion of the series that just happened.
And to cover up for the loss of acclimatization, they should play the white ball leg first and then end the tour with the test match.