MANCHESTER: Former English Cricketer Michael Vaughan believes that India vs England – the last Test was canceled just because the Indian players have to participate in the remaining Indian Premier League (IPL).
In his column for The Telegraph, Vaughan wrote that the Test could have been possible but players were afraid of catching COVID-19 and missing the IPL.
“Let’s be very honest, this is all about money and the IPL. The Test has been canceled because players were petrified of catching Covid and missing the IPL,” he shared.
“In a week or so we will be watching the IPL and the players will be running around smiling and happy. But they should have trusted the PCR tests. We know a lot about this virus now. We know how to manage and handle it better. Players are double vaccinated and biosecurity can be raised very quickly,” he added.
Later on today, the cricketer-turned-commentator took to Twitter to once again coining ‘IPL’ the reason behind calling off Old Trafford Test.
“IPL teams chartering planes. 6 days quarantining required in the UAE. 7 days till the tournament starts!!!! Don’t tell me the Test was canceled for any other reason but the IPL,” he wrote.
IPL teams chartering planes .. 6 days quarantining required in the UAE .. 7 days till the tournament starts !!!! Don’t tell me the Test was cancelled for any other reason but the IPL ..
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 11, 2021
It must be noted here that COVID-19 broke out in Indian camp after their head coach Ravi Shastri was tested positive during the fourth Test. COVID-19 fear in the Indian camp led to the cancellation of the last Test just two hours before the start of play on Day 1.