ECB confirms England vs India match, India cannot field a team in Old Trafford because of fears about the rise of Covid-19 cases. India canceled a practice session ahead of the match on Thursday after a support staff member was positive for Covid-19.
The fifth Test between India and England has been canceled due to the inability of the tourists to field a team because of fears about an increase in Covid-19 cases.
After a support team member tested positive for Covid-19, India canceled the practice session scheduled for Thursday.
Ravi Shastri, the head coach, was positive for HIV during India’s fourth Test win at The Oval. He has been subsequently analyzed with Bharat Arun (bowling coach), R Sridhar (fielding coach), and Nitin Patel (physiotherapist).
Initial reports by the ECB stated that India had lost the Test. However, it was later confirmed that this was not true. India was leading the five-Test series 2-1 heading into the final match at Old Trafford. The ICC will now decide the result of the match as well as the series.
The ECB updated its statement to say: “Following ongoing discussions with the BCCI. The ECB can confirm the cancellation of the fifth Test between England Men and India Men, beginning today at Emirates Old Trafford.
India regrettably cannot field a team due to concerns about increased COVID cases at the camp.
“We apologize to our partners and fans for the news that we have just announced. We know it will be a colossal disappointment and cause inconvenience to many.
“Further information is being shared in due course.”
Players were allowed to play in the rescheduled Indian Premier League, the United Arab Emirates starting September 19, at the end of the last Test in Manchester.
India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pan and net bowler Dayanand guarani were positive for Covid-19 before the Test series.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain said Sky Sports News, “I have a lot sympathy with the Indian player’s as they have had two physios (test positive), and the second would have been treating all of the players with sore bodies in advance of a fifth Test match.”
“Physiotherapy is not possible without close contact. Even though they have already tested negative several times, they worry that they will test positive two to three days before the Test match.
“My genuine sympathy is for the crowd. People would have booked hotels, taken days off work, and come to this match to see India win 2-1 and England bounce back.
“It’s a shame that it must end on such an awful note.”