The English and Welsh Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that the fifth and final Test between England and India has been canceled following a number of COVID cases in the Indian excavation. The first day of the fifth Test between India and England at Old Trafford is being fired despite all the Indian players returning negatively in the RT-PCR tests after a staff member tested COVID-19 positive on Thursday. It now appears that the entire Test match has been canceled.
According to various reports, the Indian players appear to be reluctant to play the final Test and have written a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in which they expressed their concern about the final Test in Manchester.
The Indian team was shocked after physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar tested COVID-19 positively on Thursday, forcing the team to cancel their training session on the eve of the last Test match.
England vs India Manchester test canceled
It would be naive to speculate about what’s going on: Jos Buttler
On Friday morning, before the game started, both the boards – the ECB and BCCI – were in talks about the future of the game. The ECB has suggested that the test be delayed by two days, while some officials in the BCCI have argued that the test should be canceled altogether.
However, the English team looked comfortable in the fifth Test until yesterday when vice-captain Jos Buttler said they expected the match to continue even after their opposition camp was affected by COVID-19 cases.
“We do not know much about it at the moment. It would be naive to speculate about what is going on. At the moment, we fully expect the match to continue, and we are thus preparing for the thumb to be crossed. “Our camp is doing well and we are looking forward to the match,” Buttler said during a virtual press conference on Thursday.
In the fourth Test, the head coach of India, Ravi Shastri, along with the bowling coach Bharat Arun and field coach R Sridhar tested COVID-19 positively and was immediately kept under isolation.
The ECB has made a statement that reads: “After ongoing talks with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth LV = Insurance Test between England and India Men, which starts today at Emirates Old Trafford, will be canceled.
Fearing a further increase in the number of COVID cases within the camp, India unfortunately cannot set up a team.
We send our sincere apologies to fans and partners for this news, which we know will cause a lot of disappointment and inconvenience.
Further information will be shared over time. ”
India lead the Test series of 5 matches 2-1 and the future of the series currently remains uncertain.