Former England captain Michael Vaughan has claimed that ” India have let English cricket down” after the final Test between the two teams at Old Trafford was cancelled.

After a fourth member of India’s backroom staff, assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar, tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday the Test was thrown into doubt.

India’s training session was cancelled and the players were confined to their hotel rooms as they awaited the results of a fresh round of Covid testing.

The entire Indian squad did return negative tests, but concerns within the India camp have led to the game getting called off, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that the India players signed a letter last night informing the BCCI that they would not play the fifth Test due to their concerns.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan

Former England captain Michael Vaughan 


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Reacting to the news on BBC Test Match Special, Vaughan criticised the late timing of the cancellation but admitted that England “set a precedent” when their ODI series against South Africa was called off last year due to concerns over the security of the bio-bubble.

Vaughan said: “It’s so sad. I always start with the fans. Sport is nothing without them. I bumped into one gentleman that travelled down from Edinburgh. I feel desperately sorry for them.

“I honestly feel India have let English cricket down. It was 12 o’clock last night. All the players have tested negative. England did a similar thing to South Africa, so they set a precedent.

“India have flexed their muscles. The BCCI would be scared to death that players couldn’t get to the IPL.