At 12 A.M. On The Day Before 5th Test, Virat Kohli Sent Letters To The BCCI

Former England captain David Gower has claimed that the events up to the cancellation of the Manchester Test require a more detailed explanation, stating that skipper Virat Kohli submitted letters to the Indian board at midnight the night before the match.

At 12 A.M. On The Day Before 5th Test, Virat Kohli Sent Letters To The BCCI
At 12 A.M. On The Day Before 5th Test, Virat Kohli Sent Letters To The BCCI

Former England captain David Gower argued in an interview with Cricket.com that the events that led to the cancellation of the Manchester Test require a clearer explanation, stating that skipper Virat Kohli submitted letters to the Indian board at midnight the day before the match. The fifth Test was postponed due to a Covid epidemic among the Indian team."Wow! No one, least of all I, saw that coming. It leads us into unprecedented territories," Gower told the portal.

"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 sending letters to the BCCI at midnight, the day before - the whole sequence of events needs explaining a little bit better," he added.

After the match at Old Trafford was called off, many speculated that the resumption of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 had played a part in it. Gower said that if the IPL is linked to the cancellation, then it is very disappointing for the fans.

"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," Gower said.

After arriving in Dubai, Virat Kohli made his first comments on the cancelled Test, telling the RCB website: "Unfortunately, we arrived early, but things are quite uncertain now that Covid is in place, so anything can happen at any time. Hopefully, we can maintain a stable, secure climate here and have a good IPL, followed by the World Cup. So, when we enter the T20 phase, I believe it will be an exciting and crucial time for us at RCB, as well as for the Indian squad at the World Cup."

Meanwhile, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly dismissed suggestions that the IPL played a role in the cancellation of the 5th Test, saying on Monday that players were reluctant to take the field after second physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive. 

"The BCCI will never be an irresponsible organisation. Other boards are also important to us "When asked if the IPL played an influence in the cancellation of the fifth Test, Ganguly responded no. 

"You can't blame the players for refusing to play. Yogesh Parmar, the physiotherapist, was in constant communication with the players. He interacted freely with the players and even did their COVID-19 tests because he was the only one accessible after Nitin Patel sequestered himself "Ganguly went on to say. Following the cancellation, the BCCI offered the England board the opportunity to reschedule the cancelled Test. 

"The BCCI has offered the ECB a rescheduling of the cancelled Test match due to the excellent relationship between the two organisations. Both boards will endeavour to locate a time when this Test match may be rescheduled "In a statement, the BCCI said.