The fans hoped to see the India cricket team in action finally in the coming months as the discussions around the Sri Lankan and Zimbabwean tours were shaping positively. But the BCCI decided to cancel the same due to the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic hovering. Regarding the same, Zimbabwe coach Lalchand Rajput expressed his sorrow.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the cricketing calendar into an ocean of uncertainties. While a few countries around the world have managed to contain the virus reasonably, India remains one of the worst-affected countries. India has happened to record more than at least 5000 cases in the past few days. The South African team were also sent back from India in March when they arrived to play three ODIs.
Any team in international cricket would love to play against India: Lalchand Rajput
Lalchand Rajput extended his regret and sadness over the sub-continent team’s visit to Zimbabwe, resulting in cancellation. Rajput reckons that any team would have loved to play against them and face stalwart cricketers like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Kuldeep Yadav. He still hopes that the series will go ahead somewhere down the line.
“It’s sad an unfortunate that this tour has been cancelled. Any team in international cricket would love to play against India. My players would have loved the opportunity to play against the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav,” Lalchand Rajput said as quoted by Times of India.
It is the second time in six months that the rubber between the men in blue and Zimbabwe has culminated in cancellation. In January, instead of Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe were slated to play Virat Kohli’s men for a three-game T20I series. Nevertheless, the ICC banned the Zimbabwe Cricket Board for its inability to keep government interfering in their administrations.