Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has come in support of the Indian team after the fifth Test between England and India was cancelled. A junior physiotherapist, Yogesh Parmar, from the Indian side tested positive just a day before the final Test which left Virat Kohli’s men wondering whether to go ahead with the match or not.
Parmar was in close contact with the players which made the visiting team a bit apprehensive on Friday. Although their results came back as negative, they were unsure whether it’s safe to carry on with the Test. Following intense discussions between ECB and BCCI, the Test was finally cancelled.
“It is unfortunate that the fifth Test between India and England couldn’t go ahead due to Covid. It was a great series but to be fair to India, they were playing the fourth Test as well without their coach and support staff. But they showed great determination on the field.”
“Now, even their physio who was training them in recent days has tested positive. The players were rightly apprehensive since the physio was sharing the dressing room with them and training them. Also, the players may have tested negative but often Covid symptoms start showing after 2-3 days,” Inzamam-ul-Haq said.
Inzamam-ul-Haq underlined the importance of the support staff
Even prior to Parmar’s case, head coach Ravi Shastri and two other coaching staff members had tested positive. As a result, Team India had to play without them in the Oval Test. Doing it once more, however, seems like a tiring task for the players, as per Inzamam.
“It is very difficult to play without the support staff. When you are injured or are facing a niggle, you need a trainer or physio to help you recover and make you match-fit. People must be wondering why India pulled out despite all their players being fit.”
“The physios and trainers are very important. After a day’s play in a Test match ends, the physio’s job begins. He needs to treat the players and keep them in shape for the upcoming day’s play. So it would be wrong to say that India pulled out despite their players having tested negative,” Inzamam added.
The series stands at 2-1 in favor of India as of now, but plans are being made by the boards to reschedule the Test.