After the 5th India vs England Test match in Manchester has been called off due to COVID-19 cases in the Indian camp, it was announced that both BCCI and ECB are willing to reschedule the cancelled Test match to a later date.
Update: The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the match, however, the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the Old Trafford Test.
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The BCCI said in a statement that due to the strong relationship between the BCCI and ECB, the BCCI has offered to the ECB a rescheduled Test match to complete the series with both the Boards working towards finding a suitable window to organise this rescheduled Test match.
The fifth was supposed to begin today on Friday but due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the Indian camp, the test had to be cancelled. India are currently leading the test series 1-2.
BCCI had said in a statement that they along with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have jointly decided to call off the fifth test scheduled at Manchester in the ongoing India’s tour of England. They added that the board discussed with the ECB about any possible way the test could be played however the outbreak forced them to call the test off.
Recently, the junior physio Yogesh Parmar contracted the virus and due to that, practice got cancelled and the players had to stay in the rooms and take an RT-PCR test again. All of them tested negative but they still raised apprehensions about playing and hence BCCI decided to call it ohead coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar have tested positive for the virus and are in isolation, along with chief physio Nitin Patel.
BCCI has stated that player’s safety is of paramount importance to them. They thanked the ECB for co-operating and understanding the situation. The board apologised to the fans for not being able to compete an “enthralling” series.