The 5th and final Test match between India and England which was scheduled to begin on September 10 at Old Trafford, Manchester was canceled after the Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp. Meanwhile, both sides have come up with contrasting views on the origination of the virus in the camp.
As per the reports of The Sun, England contingent was upset with Indian head coach Ravi Shastri for his ‘reckless’ behavior of publicly launching his new book “Stargazing: The Players in My Life.” Notably, somewhere around 150 people attended the event that too in a closed complex without wearing masks.
Meanwhile, some report also suggests that the infection could have come from Indian players going in department stores and attending photoshoots. The report stated:
“England insist a couple of Indian players were spotted in a well-known department store in Manchester on Thursday, while another attended a photoshoot. At least one backroom staff member was also seen in the city. The team travelled by train rather than coach from London to Manchester on Tuesday.”
Indians believe the source of the virus could be common lifts at The Oval
Meanwhile, the Indian contingent has completely different opinions on the source of infection. Indian players feel that the source of the infection could have been the common lifts at The Oval, the venue of the fourth Test between England and India. Notably, due to the common lifts players came in close contact with the public.
Also, reports of The Sun suggest that players who were scheduled to fly out to the Middle East on September 15, might fly a little early. The main reason behind this is the virus outbreak in the Indian camp and they want to reach as soon as possible in a stricter bubble and complete all the mandatory tests and isolation.
Notably, Five English players – Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, and Dawid Malan – are part of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 and they are likely to travel with the Indian team.