Kolkata: The standalone Test between India and England should be treated as the fifth Test of the series and not a one off case, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly told PTI in an exclusive chat.
“We want the series to be completed as this will be our first series win (in England) since 2007,” Ganguly said adding, “The BCCI maintains that Test cricket is the ultimate format and we won’t compromise it for anything.”
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has appealed to the ICC asking for a Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC) verdict on the cancelled match slated at Old Trafford, Manchester due to the pandemic scare. The ICC, however hasn’t commented on the subject yet.
A forfeiture on India’s part will make way for the ECB to get an insurance reimbursement of 40 million pounds. “Because we understand how detrimental it is to the game in terms of spectators and viewers’ interest (TV and OTT) especially when the series has been of such high quality. Test cricket is BCCI’s foremost priority,” he stated.
“We are extremely disappointed that this series had to be called off. The only reason is COVID-19 outbreak and players’ safety. We could only push them to a point. But the pandemic is so severe that one can only go that much distance,” he elaborated.
Asked if fielding a fresh team by resting some uncomfortable senior players was an option, Ganguly said, “No that wasn’t an option. If you see the Yogesh Parmar (the junior physio who tested positive just before the match) was a close contact of every player.”
“So obviously that was a cause of worry. It was something nobody had any control on and they (the players) had families travelling with them,” he added.
When asked if he would look for an amicable settlement with ECB on his visit to London on September 23, Ganguly said, “Even the Test match was called off amicably. I am going there and let’s see, we will figure out something.”