According to Lancashire county cricket club CEO Daniel Gidney, the cancellation of the fifth Test between India and England will have substantial financial repercussions and will also have an influence on the famous Old Trafford venue’s image.
After India physio, Yogesh Parmar tested positive for the deadly virus on Thursday. The final Test in Manchester was called off just hours before it was scheduled to begin because of fears of further transmission of Covid-19 during the match.
“Obviously, the financial ramifications are substantial. We obviously have difficulties with our image; Old Trafford has a rich history of hosting Test cricket dating back over a century. We are really heartbroken and crushed.” Gidney told Sky Sports.
Today, I’m thinking about all of our employees, suppliers, stakeholders, partners, and sponsors, as well as our guests.
“But above all, everyone who has spent their hard money amid the pandemic’s difficulties over the last few months, who have been eager to watch an amazing game of cricket and regrettably they can’t do that. On behalf of Lancashire cricket club, I am truly sorry that those fans have been left so disappointed.”
Gidney stated that they had no control over the issue and guaranteed all ticket holders a full refund.
Old Trafford hasn’t hosted a Test match since the Ashes in 2019. There will be no five-day game next year, something Gidney admits is difficult to swallow.
“It’s really difficult to spend four years without supporters here for a Test match. We’ve been here for almost a century, so it’s difficult. Something that’s a hard pill to swallow, but here we are, and that’s what we need to do.”