'Easy target': Irfan Pathan takes a dig at critics blaming IPL for 5th Test cancellation

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: Sep 11, 2021, 06:39 PM(IST)

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COVID-19 cases in the Indian camp led to the cancellation of final Test at Manchester with India leading the series 2-1 and the result of the final Test remains uncertain. 

Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan took a dig at the critics who are claiming that the resumption of the Indian Premier League 2021 (IPL 2021) is the reason behind the cancellation of the fifth and final Test between India and England. 

Taking to his official Twitter account, Irfan expressed his opinion on IPL being the "easy target". He wrote, "My tooth fell of,can I blame the 
@IPL?? #easytarget" 

COVID-19 cases in the Indian camp led to the cancellation of final Test at Manchester with India leading the series 2-1 and the result of the final Test remains uncertain. 

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The match was predicted to go as planned after all Team India players tested negative in the PCR results but concerns were raised after India's second physio, Yogesh Parmar tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday. 

However, some critics have suggested that IPL, which resumes on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates, could be the reason for the Indian cricket team to not field a team. 

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Tom Harrison, the CEO of England and Wales Cricket Board also weighed in on the reports. "This is not a situation which has been created by the rescheduled IPL... That's not the case. This Indian cricket team are as passionate about Test cricket as fans in our country are and as our cricket team are as well," said Harrison as quoted by the BBC Sport. 

"India simply felt that they got to a point where they weren't able to take to the field. That is understandable, he said. 

"As administrators, we need to be really clear that mental health has to be a priority for us when we're thinking about the length of tours and the conditions under which people were expected to perform," he added. 

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