Michael Vaughan, a former England captain, believes that a rescheduled Test between England & India would be a hollow match of cricket. He calls the idea ‘ridiculous’. Vaughan’s remarks come after Friday’s fifth Test between England and India was canceled due to concerns about COVID-19 cases rising in the Indian camp. In its statement, the BCCI mentioned that it had made an offer to reschedule this canceled Test.
“A rescheduled Test match next season would be absurd.” It would make cricket boring. Test cricket is so great because it has five matches spread over six weeks. To win, you have to sweat, blood, and tears. Vaughan wrote that this is why it is the most difficult form of the game because of the emotions and adrenaline involved.” He was writing for The Telegraph on Saturday.
“The players would have worried about whether they would score runs or take wickets during this match. It is absurd to think that you could come back next year for one more Test and it will be the same. It will be used to fulfill a television contract. It will have no meaning. Vaughan added, “This series is over.”
Vaughan believes that England’s players will blame India for their inflexibility. “England will be spewing. India will be blamed by the players for their flexing. There is a food chain to world cricket. India is at the top. Their officials and players know this. England is more powerful than South Africa, and they showed their strength last year. Australia is also stronger than South Africa, so they were able to cancel their tour after they saw England withdraw from the one-day series. Although he sympathized with the players of bio-bubble, the 46-year old commentator felt that protocols had been relaxed over the past few weeks.
While I understand that players have had to go through difficult times in bubbles, protocols have been significantly relaxed over the past few weeks. The India team has been enjoying their time in England for the past few weeks, getting out and about and having fun. They decided that it was too difficult to play a Test match, just a week before the IPL. It’s just people using their power, and it is the cricket fan who is hurt.” Vaughan stated that the cancellation was not about administrators or boards, but about players making a decision.
“This isn’t about administrators or boards. It is the players who make the calls. Administrators want games to occur. They have sold thousands of tickets as well as broadcast and commercial deals.
They now worry about players’ mental health and are held responsible if one of them suffers a breakdown. There is nothing players can do to stop playing. Vaughan signed off that boards are in a precarious situation.