Old Trafford Test Cancelled | Former England Cricketer Paul Newman Blames IPL For Virat Kohli-Led Team India Not Willing to Play Manchester Test

Manchester: Days after the fifth and final Test got cancelled after the touring party felt scared of taking the ground after a member of their support staff contracted the coronavirus, former English cricketer Paul Newman has lashed out at the Virat Kohli-led Indian side. Newman accused the Indian players of not taking the field because they did not want to risk their chances of playing in the upcoming second leg of the Indian Premier League in UAE.Also Read – Virat Kohli-Led RCB to Wear Blue Jersey vs KKR in IPL Second Leg Opener to Pay Tribute to COVID-19 Frontline Workers

“There is no way this series decider would have been called off on the morning of the first day had the majority of India’s players not been flying to Dubai next Wednesday for the resumption of the richest tournament in cricket,” he wrote in his column for the Daily Mail. Also Read – Gautam Gambhir on Why IPL 2021 in UAE Will be Challenging For RCB Stars Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers

“No India player with an IPL contract wanted to risk playing in this Test, then testing positive and being forced to stay in England for another 10 days, so missing the restart of the tournament in the UAE on September 19,” he wrote further. Also Read – CSK Star Suresh Raina Gets Romantic, Narrates His Love Story Ahead of IPL 2021 in UAE

Kohli and the other Indian cricketers flew to Dubai and Abi Dhabi early to join their respective IPL teams after the series-decider against England was called off. Kohli will be quarantined for six days before he joins the team for training.

In Royal Challengers Bangalore’s “RCB Bold Diaries” series, Kohli expressed his disappointment as the entire team had to leave England without completing the series as things turned out to be very uncertain and anything could’ve happened if they had been there. All the Indian players are in the bio-bubble of their respective teams as the tournament will be resuming on 19th September.

“Unfortunate that we had to end up here early, but with COVID in place, things are very uncertain. Anything can happen at any time,” Kohli said.

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