Former England captain Michael Vaughan’s impassioned comments on Twitter about the Manchester Test being canceled ruffled some cricket fans’ feathers.
Michael Vaughan’s strong comments on Twitter have frequently gotten him into hot water with his followers.
Vaughan’s tweet invites displeasure
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Once again, the former England captain ruffled some Twitter users’ feathers when he said that India had “let English cricket down.”
The Englishman’s post came after the Indian camp’s COVID-19 fears forced the cancellation of the fifth and final Test in Manchester.
On the eve of the fifth Test, India’s physiotherapist tested positive for Covid, following the positive tests of coach Ravi Shastri and two other support staff members.
Covid 19 outbreak among backroom Indian staff leads to cancellation of match
An outbreak of coronavirus among backroom staff had led to India’s inability to field a team at Old Trafford, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) declared just two hours before the scheduled start time of Friday’s fifth Test.
Following a Covid outbreak 19 in both teams’ camps and hotel personnel in December 2020, England called off their South Africa tour. Even though Vaughan acknowledged this in his post, he went on to take a subtle dig at India on Twitter.
The former England batsman’s comments did not go over well with Indian supporters, who voiced their displeasure in the comments section.
The return of the IPL 2021 (on September 19) was not a factor in the cancellation of the fifth Test in Manchester, according to England board chief Tom Harrison.
It has been falsely reported that the IPL 2021 resume (on September 19) played a role in the suspension of the fifth Test at Old Trafford.
The IPL, he added, had nothing to do with it. “IPL rescheduling did not create this issue. In no way, shape, or form do I believe that.”
Covid-19 is an acceptable reason to cancel; ICC to adjudicate
If it has a major influence on a side’s capacity to field a team, Covid-19 is an acceptable reason to cancel a match under the regulations for the World Test Championship.
“I think we have to just take a breath and do some work with the ICC (International Cricket Council) to formally ask them to adjudicate on the result of this,” Harrison added.
“I’m sure you’re aware that BCCI has offered to postpone the match, which is excellent news.”
Discussions commence on rescheduling the match
“At this time, I think we’re looking forward to making sure we can reschedule this match as soon as possible.”
“And then we have the ICC adjudicate separately on whether this series is now complete and whether that fifth match is null and void or whether it’s treated as something else, a forfeiture or anything else.”