BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had lashed out at reports of IPL being a reason for the Manchester Test cancellation and has made his opinions clear on the verdict going around. The fifth Test at Manchester had to be called off at the last moment after the players found the risk of spreading the virus around in the dressing room and to the opponents.
The physio of the Indian team was isolated after testing positive for Covid-19 and India had no option other than cancelling the test as the players will have very little time in recovering for the five days. Also, there has been so much stress physically and mentally on the players and with IPL 2021 coming up in just one week time, it was important for the players to work with the physio.
Sourav Ganguly Opens Up On The Difficulties of Bio Bubble Restrictions
Sourav Ganguly was questioned if the test series should have had a strict bio bubble and he explained that Bio Bubble isn’t easy as it seems. He reckoned that the players will be undergoing immense mental and physical pressure and added about the tight schedule in place with IPL and the T20 Worldcup as well.
“You can’t stay in a bubble forever. Life has to open up. These players and support staff have been in a bubble for more than a year now. It’s no joke. It’s very demanding physically and mentally. They are human beings and it’s unfortunate. From the UK, the players are already in another bubble in the UAE. Another round of quarantine, another bubble.… Then there will be the bubble for the T20 World Cup. It’s not easy,” Sourav Ganguly told in interaction with Telegraph.
Sourav Ganguly Negates IPL’s Role In Manchester Test Cancellation
Sourav Ganguly mentioned that IPL did not have any role to play in the Manchester Test Cancellation and he added that the BCCI has always been working closely with the other cricket boards as well. The IPL 2021 is scheduled to take place in a week time and there has been a lot of speculations of BCCI prioritizing the IPL over international commitments.
“No, no, the BCCI will never be an irresponsible board. We value other boards too”‘
Meanwhile, the BCCI has confirmed that the series is over officially and there won’t’ be a continuation of the series next year along with the limited-overs series.