Indian cricket team
Indian cricket team. Credits: BCCI

While the BCCI and the ECB were in talks during Thursday night about the proceeding in Manchester, the venue for the fifth Test between India and England, it has now come to light that the Indian team received confusing messages on their team WhatsApp group which had left them befuddled.

The last Test of the series, which was scheduled to start on Friday, was called off hours before the scheduled start because the Indian team were, as ECB said, “unable to field a team”. because of covid-19 scare in their camp following the positive result of physio Yogesh Parmar. The players were concerned and had apprehensions about taking the field.

Now, according to ESPNcricinfo, Virat Kohli’s men received “some confusing and contradictory messages” on the team’s WhatsApp chat few hours before the official toss time. The players were first told to stay inside their rooms with a confirmation that the game was called off before another message popped which said they can go out to the restaurant for breakfast.

BCCI. Image-PTI.
The first message said: “The match has been called off. It’s impt that each one of you stay in your room.”
About 10 minutes later another message popped up: “We are unable to arrange breakfast in your room so if you want you can go to the restaurant to have your meal.”
The report also added that the BCCI did ask the players to keep their bags ready to fly out to the UAE for the IPL well ahead of the scheduled departure date of September 15.

RCB, MI players take private flights from Manchester to UAE

Now it has been confirmed that the Royal Challengers Bangalore players – Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj – and the Mumbai Indians players -Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Suryakumar Yadav – have taken private charter flights to reach the UAE, where the second half of IPL 2021 will start from September 19.
Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj
Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj (Image Credit: Twitter)
All the other players will soon reach UAE as well and all have to undergo six days of isolation before joining their team bubbles.
Meanwhile, the BCCI has offered to ECB a rescheduling of the cancelled Test match. The series, for now, stands at 2-1 as both the boards and the ICC continue their talks regarding the fate of the fifth Test.