Manchester/Bhubaneswar: The fifth and final Test between India and England which was scheduled to take place at Old Trafford in Manchester on Friday has been cancelled.
The England and Wales Cricket Board released an official statement to confirm the 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,” the ECB said in a statement.
“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.”
According to reports, several Indian players were apprehensive about taking to the field after assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar tested positive for Covid-19.
All Indian players tested negative in the second batch of RT-PCR tests conducted on Thursday.
The BCCI released a statement in the wake of the cancellation, suggesting that the two boards involved will plan to reschedule the fifth Test.
“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,” the BCCI said.
“The BCCI has always maintained that the safety and well-being of the players is of paramount importance and there will be no comprise on that aspect.
“The BCCI would like to thank the ECB for their co-operation and understanding in these trying times. We would like to apologise to the fans for not being able to complete an enthralling series.”
Details to follow.