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Not IPL, 5th Test canceled due to Indian players refusing to play: Sourav Ganguly

The Test match between India and England to be played in Manchester from 10 September was called off just before the toss.

The BCCI and Team India are facing a lot of criticism after the cancellation of the Test match between India and England to be played at the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester from September 10.Also Read – Team India will play two T20Is against England in lieu of cancellation of Manchester Test: BCCI

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has alleged that the BCCI got the Manchester Test canceled due to the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) tournament starting September 19 in the UAE. Also Read – MS Dhoni has always shown faith in my batting: Deepak Chahar

However, former BCCI President Sourav Ganguly says that the fifth Test against England was canceled not because of the IPL but because of the Indian players’ refusal to play in Manchester. Also Read – Ranji Trophy matches not held due to Corona, but players will get half the amount, yes rest of BCCI

Talking to The Telegraph, the former captain said, “The players refused to play but you can’t blame them. Physio Yogesh Paraman was in touch with the players…he was very close to the players and he also took their covid test. It was he who used to give them massages, they are a part of their daily life.”

Ganguly said, “When the players came to know that they were Kovid positive, they were scared that they too had come in contact with this virus.”

After the cancellation of the Manchester Test, the BCCI has proposed to the England Cricket Board to organize a Test match between the two teams next year. BCCI President Ganguly will meet ECB chief Tom Harrison on September 22 or 23 to discuss the matter.

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