India cricket chief defends players’ England Test boycott
New Delhi: India cricket chief Sourav Ganguly has insisted his country's players must not be blamed for the cancelled Test against England ahead of flying to London this month to try to arrange a new match. India were leading the series 2-1 before the final Test was called off just two hours before it was supposed to start, because of fears in the India camp over a coronavirus outbreak. "The players refused to play but you can't blame them," the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) told Kolkata daily The Telegraph. "They feared they must have contracted the disease and were dead scared. It's not easy staying in a bubble. Of course, you have to respect their feelings." Ganguly, who said he will fly to London on September 22, also acknowledged the financial hit suffered by the English board. "They have incurred a lot of losses and it's not going to be easy on the England and Wales Cricket Board," he said. "Let things settle down a bit, then we can discuss and decide. Whenever it's held next year, it should be a one-off match since it cannot be a continuation of the series anymore." - AFP