Latest Cricket News: After failing to win a Test series on English territory in the preceding decade, India finally turned the tables on England by emphatically winning the fourth Test at the Oval, a feat not done since 1971. More notably, after being bowled out for 191 in the first innings, India fought back in the historic test match. At Oval, India brilliantly clawed their way back into the game to take a 2-1 lead.
However, just as the five-match Test series was about to reach its last match, a Covid-19 outbreak forced the Test series to be suspended. Former England captain David Gower said that Virat Kohli submitted a letter to the BCCI at midnight to call off the 5th test match, citing various controversies. In addition to the previous speculations, David Gower feels that if the cancellation is tied to the fourteenth season of the Indian Premier League, it will be a very sad and demeaning event for the supporters.
What did David Gower say?
Former England captain David Gower claimed that skipper Virat Kohli submitted letters to the Indian board at midnight and that the events that led to the Manchester Test being cancelled need to be explained better.
“Wow! No one, least of all myself, could have predicted that. It takes us to places we’ve never been before “According to Cricket.com, Gower said. “I mean, I know other matches have been called off due to a few balls bowled or other circumstances, but to have it called off at the last minute – Virat Kohli sending letters to the BCCI at midnight the day before – the whole sequence of events needs to be explained a little bit better,” David Gower said.
“The worrying thing for me is that if the IPL was so closely linked to this, then that is very disappointing to me because… I mean, I don’t want to sound old and 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 for him,” Gower added.
Despite this, England flatly refused to play their one-day series in South Africa last December due to a Covid concern. On the other hand, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) must demonstrate a strong readiness to host the series’ last and final Test match in the near future.
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