The fifth Test match between India and England which was supposed to commence today has been called off after much discussion and debate. According to the latest reports, the first day was initially proposed to be postponed.
According to the official statement published by the ECB, India has decided to forfeit the match as they are unable to field a team after the rise of Covid-19 cases in the camp. It’s an unfortunate end to such a captivating series.
There had been a difference of opinion between the BCCI and ECB. While the ECB said to delay the Test match by two-three days, the BCCI on the other hand was pushing to cancel the entire Test match. However, one or two officials from the BCCI also agree to ECB’s decision.
“Following ongoing conversations with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth LV= Insurance Test between England and India Men due to start today at Emirates Old Trafford, will be cancelled,” reads the official statement by ECB.
“Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are regrettably unable to field a team. We send our sincere apologies to fans and partners for this news, which we know will cause immense disappointment and inconvenience to many. Further information will be shared in due course.“
There had been a cloud of confusion over the fifth Test match after the Indian physician Yogesh Parmar returned positive for Covid 19 on Thursday. Moreover, Ravi Shastri, R Sridhar and Bharat Arun had already tested positive in London. India is leading the Test series 2-1 after registering a fantastic victory at The Oval.