Sept 10, 2021: The fifth Test between England and India has been canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak at the India camp, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced, just hours before the start of the match at Old Trafford.
“Following ongoing discussions with the BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India], the ECB can confirm that the England and India In the meantime, the fifth test will be canceled. “
“India is sadly unable to field a team due to fears of a further increase in the number of covid 19 cases inside the camp.”
The ECB had initially said in a statement that India had forfeited the match but later withdrew it. India were 2-1 up in the series leading to the final, but the test was called into question on Thursday after a positive test for the corona virus in their physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar’s.
As a result, India’s entire touring party was forced to isolate itself at its Manchester Hotel, and their last training session and press conference before the mandatory match were canceled.
India coach Ravi Shastri had earlier tested positive during the fourth Test at the Oval and has been isolated ever since.
Bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sreedhar and main physio Nitin Patel also tested positive.
Reports say that many Indian players have expressed concern over the spread of the virus and were not ready to play, which means that India cannot form a team.
“We sincerely apologize to our fans and partners for this news, which we know will greatly disappoint and hurt many people,” the ECB said after the cancellation of the India-England test.
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