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Former India opener Aakash Chopra pointed out the double standards of the English media who have been throwing criticism at the Indian team for not playing the fifth Test. He highlighted that the England team last year abandoned their two tours – in Sri Lankan and in South Africa – due to covid reasons.
Indian players have started to flow out of Manchester to the UAE for the IPL 2021 after the Old Trafford Test was cancelled following a covid-19 outbreak among Indian coaching and staff members.
Aakash Chopra asked why have the critics became so insensitive towards covid suddenly.
“You have to look slightly inwards. You came back from South Africa, there was no positive case in your contingent. Sri Lanka – you went back again. You went back to your home from other nations in a jiffy. So, why such sudden desensitization towards Covid?” Aakash Chopra said in his YouTube video.
You might not have Covid now but it is found after three or four days: Aakash Chopra
The 43-year-old commentator reminded that despite all players clearing the covid test a day before the game, some may return a positive test a few days after. Hence, it the game had to be cancelled.
“The Indian board believes it is a Covid-related cancellation, obviously, because the cases are growing one after the other. Even though our players have tested negative today and yesterday, they might come out positive in the coming days,” he said.
“England believes that the touring party had twenty players, all of them have come negative in two Tests, there is no case there, then why are you considering it a Covid cancellation.”
Aakash Chopra asserted that the people testing positive for the virus in the dressing room takes a toll on the players mentally as well, and they wouldn’t have been at their best when physio Yogesh Parmar contracted the virus.
“My take is that these are extraordinary circumstances. You have to and should consider it a Covid cancellation, for the simple reason that you might not have Covid now but it is found after three or four days, or your neighbor gets it, then you are not in the right frame of mind. It is not that Covid has not happened and you are thinking about ways to get out of the series,” the former cricketer comcluded.
The two boards and the ICC are in talks over the result of the game. The BCCI has also offered ECB to play a rescheduled match.