The last Test of the 5-Test series between India and England has been canceled due to Corona. After the cancellation of the Manchester Test. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has lauded the BCCI’s proposal to re-schedule the match.
After the cancellation of the 5th Test, the BCCI had issued a statement saying – it will work with the ECB to organize this match at a later stage. BCCI said- Both the boards will work towards re-organizing the canceled fifth Test match between India and England, without compromising on the safety of the players.
Gavaskar remembered 26/11
Sunil Gavaskar said that we must not forget the spirit of England coming back to complete the tour of India. When the series was stopped midway due to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.
Gavaskar said in a conversation with Sony Sports- Yes, I think it would be the right thing to do (rescheduling the canceled Test). Look, we must never forget what the England team did in India after the horrific 26/11 attack in 2008. They had come back. They would have been fully entitled to say ‘we don’t feel safe’. We won’t come back.
What happened in 2008
In 2008, the England team came to play a series of seven ODIs on the tour of India. At the same time, terrorists attacked Mumbai on 26 November, when England was playing an ODI against India in Cuttack. After this, the last two ODIs of the 7-match series were canceled in view of security. Soon after, England left home but later the ECB showed a friendly gesture and returned to India in December to play a two-Test series.
Gavaskar said that then England captain Kevin Pietersen was instrumental in the decision to return to England for the Test matches. He said- Never forget that Pietersen led the team and he was the leader. Had KP said – no, I don’t want to go, the matter would have been over.
Sunil said- It was because KP was ready to go and he convinced the others. The team came and we saw a great Test match in Chennai in which India chased 380 runs to win on the last day.
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