Former England captain Michael Vaughan was disappointed with the way the series between England and India came to a conclusion. The fifth Test at Old Trafford, Manchester, was cancelled for the time being owing to a covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp.
Ravi Shastri and two other coaching staff members returned positive results in their RT-PCR tests last week. They were immediately isolated but the virus had caught on. Just a day before the scheduled start of the Manchester Test, India’s junior physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar tested positive.
Team India had to cancel its training session on Thursday and undergo further tests. Although they all returned negative, the fear that the incubation period of the virus could put things in jeopardy forced both boards to mutually agree to call off the Test.
Taking to Twitter, Michael Vaughan stated that the decision to abort has let the home country down. “India have let English Cricket down !!! But England did let South African Cricket down !!!” Vaughan said.
India have let English Cricket down !!! But England did let South African Cricket down !!!
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 10, 2021
“Surely this could have been dealt with yesterday” – Michael Vaughan
The former player further went on to criticize both ECB and BCCI for their incompetence regarding the fans. As soon as the news came up, people were miffed with the boards as they had already begun travelling from long distances and also booked hotels in advance for the match.
“The total lack of respect shown to the Cricketing fan that had travelled hundreds of miles today to see the Test today is an utter disgrace .. Surely this could have been dealt with yesterday !!!! Even then I wouldn’t have agreed with it … #ENGvIND,” Vaughan added.
The series ended abruptly for now, with India leading 2-1. BCCI released statements claiming that they’ve decided to reschedule the match at a later time.