The English and Welsh Cricket Board (ECBTom Harrison hinted at the possibility of holding the Manchester Test next summer. The fifth and final Test between England and India was canceled on Friday due to fears of Covid in the Indian camp.
The decision was announced only two hours before the start of the match. The ECB issued a statement claiming the match had been forfeited by India, but it was deleted shortly afterwards. The English council will lose about 40 million euros due to the cancellation.
However, the BCCI has offered to reschedule the test and also includes two additional T20Is the next time they tour England to make up for the losses. A decision has yet to be made, but Tom Harrison, head of the ECB, suggests it could be held next summer.
“This is not a situation created by the rescheduled IPL. India simply felt that they had reached a point where they could not reach the field. This is understandable. We will try to reschedule this long-awaited Emirates Old Trafford Test next summer,Name Harrison.
“Refunds to ticket holders will be issued soon.” – Tom Harrison
The series was perfect and the Indian team led the hosts to England 2-1. The tickets for the last Test in Manchester were sold out, but the unfortunate sudden end left the fans unhappy. Since the decision was also announced very late in the morning, some fans were unhappy because they spent money on travel, but Tom Harrison assured them that the ticket price would be refunded at least soon.
“Today’s news would have been so frustrating, especially given the short notice. Please know that we have worked through the night to find solutions and avoid this outcome. Refunds to ticket holders will be issued soon, and while this will be no consolation for many, we will try to reschedule this long-awaited Emirates Old Trafford Test next summer,he added.
The series is currently 2-1 and the result of the fifth test has not yet been determined. The ECB formally asked the ICC to resolve the dispute and announce the outcome of the match.