The fifth Test between England and India, scheduled to begin on Friday (September 10), has been cancelled.
“Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are regrettably unable to field a team.,” said an amended statement from ECB. A previous version of the statement had indicated that India would ‘forfeit the match’ which has since been removed.
A BCCI statement later said that there has been an offer made to reschedule the match.
“The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the Test Match, however, the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the Old Trafford Test Match.
“In lieu of the strong relationship between BCCI and ECB, the BCCI has offered to ECB a rescheduling of the cancelled Test match. Both the Boards will work towards finding a window to reschedule this Test match,” read BCCI’s statement.
Cricbuzz understands that the Indian players wrote a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) expressing apprehension over playing the Test at Old Trafford.
There was a lot of uncertainty surrounding the final Test ever since India’s second physio – Yogesh Parmar – tested positive for Covid-19. Following this development, India’s practice session on the eve of the Test was also called off with the players undergoing a fresh round of tests.
Even though all the players tested negative, Cricbuzz understands the hotlines between Manchester and Ahmedabad were on for a long time on Thursday evening (September 9). Concerns were expressed on the health issues as well as the readiness for the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is going to start in less than 10 days.
The Indian players have also undergone another round of tests for COVID-19, the results of which are awaited.