Fans Slam Michael Vaughan For “India Have Let English Cricket Down” Tweet After 5th Test Cancellation

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Michael Vaughan’s outspoken comments on Twitter have often put him at loggerheads with fans on the social media platform. And yet again, the former England captain ruffled the feathers of some Twitter users, by claiming that somehow India had “let English cricket down”. The Englishman’s tweet came after the fifth and final Test in Manchester was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns in the Indian camp. After coach Ravi Shastri and two other support staff members had tested positive, India’s physiotherapist also tested Covid positive on the eve of the fifth Test.

Just over two hours before the scheduled start of the fifth Test on Friday, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that fears over the coronavirus, related to an outbreak among backroom staff, had left India unable to field a team at Old Trafford.

In December 2020, England had called of their tour of South Africa following the a Covid outbreak 19 among both teams’ camps and staff at their hotel. And despite mentioning this in his tweet, Vaughan still took a pot shot at India on Twitter.

Indian fans were not impressed with what the former England batsman had to say, and made their feelings known in the comment section.

England board chief Tom Harrison rubbished reports that the resumption of IPL 2021 (on September 19) had played a part in the cancellation of the fifth Test in Manchester.

“Let me be super-clear about this — I don’t think the IPL has got anything to do with this,” he said. “This is not a situation which has been created by a rescheduled IPL. I fundamentally do not believe that for a second.”

Covid-19 is an acceptable reason for cancelling a match under the regulations for the World Test Championship if it has a significant impact on a side’s ability to field a team.

“I think we have to just take a breath and, obviously, do some work with the ICC (International Cricket Council) to formally ask them to adjudicate on the result of this,” said Harrison.

“Obviously I think you’ll be aware that BCCI offered to reschedule the match, which is good news.

“I think at this point we are looking forward to making sure that we can reschedule this match at some point in the near future.

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“And then, we separately have ICC adjudicate over whether this series is completed now and needs to be effectively whether that fifth match is null and void or whether it’s actually regarded as something else, a forfeiture or something else.”

(With AFP inputs)

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