The fifth and final test between England and In the, which was scheduled to start at 14:30 IST in Manchester on Friday, was canceled for fear of a Covid-19 outbreak in the bio-bubble.
It all happened after Covid-19 disrupted the Indian camp so that the visitors could not set up a team.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) statement 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.
‘For fear of a further increase in the number of COVID cases in the camp, India unfortunately cannot set up a team.
“We sincerely apologize to fans and partners for this news, which we know will cause a great deal of disappointment and inconvenience.”
Team India Assistant Physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, which led to Thursday’s practice session and other media commitments being canceled with players sent off in isolation.
India’s head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun a field coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar earlier tested positive for Covid-19 during the fourth Test in London.
Fortunately, all players tested negative for Covid-19, which led to the fifth Test to be played according to the schedule. But less than an hour before the start of the game at the sold-out Old Trafford Stadium, the match was called off.
It’s so unfortunate – because it was an amazing series! https://t.co/tPPrAJXCoT
– Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) 10 September 2021