Looking back on the history of cricket, this is an unprecedented development, where the decision of a very exciting Test series got stuck due to such a confusing situation, which has no precedent. What is the current status of the Old Trafford Test? Leave aside the common cricket lover, the biggest cricket pundits, the BCCI and the top officials of the England Cricket Board, the apex body of cricket, the ICC, have no clue as to what is the current status of the Old Trafford Test?
On Facebook, which is very popular in social media, often the younger generation is confused about their relationships, so they put the status of It’s complicated (at present the situation is complicated). This is the situation for India, England and even the ICC at the moment. We are living in an era where everyone keeps updating their status on WhatsApp every minute, but two very professional and powerful cricket boards are in a situation to update their latest status regarding the last test of this series since last 24 hours. Not there. Will IPL be the culprit for this again?
The biggest concern of BCCI and players is to play in IPL
However, in the midst of all these confusions, IPL is often mentioned for every controversy and every quality of cricket at all times. Even though the series was being played in England, the IPL is being blamed for the status confusion of the Old Trafford Test. It is true that just 4 days after the end of the India-England Test series, the cricket fair is going to be decorated again in Dubai to complete the incomplete season of IPL 2021. India is anyway leading 2-1 in the current series and at the moment the biggest concern of BCCI and players is to play in IPL and organize it successfully.
Franchisee in danger of being in trouble
If by any means, any player including Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja is found to be Kovid positive, then there can be a big crisis for their franchise. Since half the season is already over and the points table is in a very critical position where a key player being out of the tournament for 2 weeks would mean the departure of a very big match winner for that team at a crucial time, But you cannot blame IPL completely for this. BCCI was not in favor of playing the last Test from September 10 from the very beginning and they argued that IPL will start soon after that and any untoward incident (related to Kovid) will increase everyone’s trouble, because not only The financial system of the BCCI but the entire cricket world runs on the basis of IPL. Now England might be feeling sorry that they wish they had made the Old Trafford Test the first Test of the series, following the advice of the BCCI.
I wish if I had listened to BCCI then, I would not have regretted it now!
Former England captains have admitted on the Sky Sports TV channel that the shadow of the IPL had always been over this Test match and ultimately unfortunately what was most feared happened. In such a situation, the question arises from the BCCI officials whether it was absolutely not possible that some changes could have been made at the last minute to get this Test match completed? No matter how many arguments you make, but if the BCCI found itself in England’s place, couldn’t it have been a little more flexible in its approach to the IPL? But, the other side of the coin is that England has no reason to put any kind of moral pressure on the BCCI, because if the BCCI is most concerned about its IPL, then the ECB has also done The Hundreds (like the IPL). England did not agree to play the Old-Tafford Test in July in a new format of its own in T20.
Biggest Confusion for Sports Lovers
The biggest confusion for sports lovers is that no one should tell the result of this exciting test series. Will India’s 2-1 lead in the 5-match series last till next year? Next year i.e. in 2022, if Team India has to tour England again for white ball cricket, then this test will be completed at that time. But, there has never been an example in the history of cricket that a series has been completed after such a long gap. Usually in an exciting match, when the last wicket falls, the opposing team sends it to the umpire for DRS, until the right decision comes. In moments of victory, that natural reaction does not remain the same. In such a situation, if India wins this series 3-1 or if England manages to level it 2-2, then its reaction in any way may not be the same as it would have been this week. Who knows when that match is played next year, 11 out of 22 players played in this last Test i.e. Oval also appeared in that match?
Insurance can get 3 billion rupees
Can the ECB be able to convince the BCCI to end the series in a 2-2 draw? In terms of cricket, England will not only avoid the record of defeat in the Test series, but the bigger thing is that by making such a claim, it can get about 3 billion rupees as insurance. This is the reason that instead of asking England to not cancel this Test due to Kovid, Indian players are trying to give an argument of ‘not mentally prepared’. In today’s era, a different kind of sensitivity is being communicated in the sports world and the world regarding the mental health of the players, with the help of which England can reduce their losses to some extent.
Will the ICC also have to jump in the end?
There may be a few more days to come and a few more weeks. Some months can be very challenging for India-England and ICC. It is true that relations between India and England have been very friendly and professional outside the cricket field and there is no sourness in it, but this issue will test the patience of both the boards. The way both the teams are not ready to take a step back with a lot of emphasis on the field, both the boards adopt a similar approach. In such a situation, the ICC, the guardian of cricket, may have to play an important role in finding a reconciliation and middle ground between its two most powerful boards. Overall, like the Test series, you will see the same suspense at the moment till the final decision on this issue is taken.
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