We want rescheduled Test to be ‘fifth’ of series and not one off: Sourav Ganguly | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The proposed “standalone” Test between India and England ought to be handled because the series-deciding fifth match that was cancelled final week owing to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Indian camp, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly advised PTI on Monday and dominated out the likelihood of it being handled as a one-off sport.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has written to the ICC looking for a Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC) verdict on the destiny of the cancelled match that was to be performed at Old Trafford, Manchester. The ICC is but to touch upon the matter.
“We want the series to be completed as this will be our first series win (in England) since 2007,” Ganguly advised PTI in an unique interview.
“The BCCI maintains that Test cricket is the ultimate format and we won’t compromise it for anything,” he made it clear.
India have been main 2-1 when the match was referred to as off final week after the visiting gamers refused to step on to the sector following optimistic COVID-19 instances amongst its assist employees, together with head coach Ravi Shastri.

A forfeiture will enable the ECB to get insurance coverage reimbursement of 40 million kilos that, it claims, would assist offset its losses as a result of of the cancellation.
Asked if BCCI has supplied to play two further T20 Internationals when the workforce excursions in July subsequent yr for a white-ball series in lieu of the Test, Ganguly mentioned: “We are ready to play extra ODI and T20Is and that’s not an issue.
“Just that the Test match that can be performed later will be the fifth match of the series.”
If the ICC deems that the match was abandoned due to COVID-19, then India will officially win the series 2-1 as such a cancellation is considered an “acceptable non-compliance” under the World Test Championship rules.
“There is priority of series being cancelled as a result of of COVID-19 prior to now 18 months. The BCCI cancelled its house series towards South Africa final yr which price us round 40 to 50 million kilos,” the former captain said.
He also hoped that in near future there will be concrete “medical recommendation” on offer that will allow series to go on even with COVID cases within the team.
“Because we perceive how detrimental it’s to the sport in phrases of spectators and viewers’ curiosity (TV and OTT) particularly when the series has been of such top quality. Test cricket is BCCI’s foremost precedence,” he stated.
Ganguly said that the BCCI is “dissatisfied” that the match was called off but it could not have pushed the worried players beyond a point.
“We are extraordinarily dissatisfied that this series had to be referred to as off. The solely motive is COVID-19 outbreak and gamers’ security. We might solely push them to a degree.
“But the pandemic is so severe that one can only go that much distance,” he defined.
Asked if the choice of fielding a recent workforce by resting some of the senior gamers, who have been not snug, was thought-about, Ganguly answered within the unfavorable.
“No that wasn’t an option. If you see the Yogesh Parmar (the junior physio who tested positive just before the match) was a close contact of every player,” Ganguly mentioned.
“So obviously that was a cause of worry. It was something nobody had any control on and they (the players) had families travelling with them,” he added, justifying the nervousness within the camp.
ECB CEO Tom Harrison had additionally mentioned that each effort was made to consolation the travelling gamers however the “perception of what might happen” made them fearful of enjoying.
Asked if he would attempt and type it “amicably” with Harrison and ECB head Ian Whatmore throughout his private go to to London on September 23, Ganguly mentioned: “Even the Test match was called off amicably. I am going there and let’s see, we will figure out something.”

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