The Indian cricket team is in England to complete its five-match Test series which was prematurely called off last year due to COVID concerns. The competition was originally to be played in Manchester, but has since been rescheduled and moved to Edgbaston, where it has been on since 1 July.
At the time, there was some criticism for India With the likes of Michael Vaughan insisting on pulling out of the competition, the match was canceled as the tourists wanted to play the IPL instead of Test cricket.
Now, a former English cricketer, Paul Newman, has written in his column for the Daily Mail that India let the ‘paying public’ down by not playing in Manchester last year and called the reason for his exit ‘laughable’.
Newman wrote, “India’s arrival to complete a Test series, which should have ended at Old Trafford last summer, is a reminder of how they lost their pay-per-viewers by exiting the final game on the morning of the match.” Disappointed the public and Test cricket.” ,
He continued, it was ridiculous when the concerns over Covid were accused of canceling and setting a dangerous precedent when he put the IPL ahead of Test cricket, a game India never wanted to play. ,
India were leading 2-1 and were strong contenders to win the series. However, England have been in red-hot form at home recently after a clean sweep of world champions New Zealand 3-0 in the three-match Test series.
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Newman is hoping viewers will ‘regret’ his decision to not complete the series last year. “It can only be expected that they regret their actions when they come to England on the crest of a wave and are now more likely than last year to wreck the series,” he wrote. wrote.
Meanwhile, a huge question mark remains over India captain Rohit Sharma’s availability for the one-off competition after he tested positive for Covid earlier this week. If he does not make the cut then there is every possibility that fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah can lead the team.