The fifth and final Test between India and England (Ind Vs Eng) to be played at Old Trafford in Manchester was called off on Friday. It is being told that this decision has been taken after a support staff of the Indian team was found to be Covid-19 positive. However, PTI quoted sources in the BCCI as saying that the canceled match could be played later. India lead 2-1 in this test series against England.
BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla also confirmed this and said, “The decision was taken after detailed consultations between the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, me and the Joint Secretary of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) of the BCCI and the players.” That today this Test match (fifth Test between India and England) will not happen.” “Talks are on with the ECB to resolve the entire matter amicably,” he added.
Interestingly, an earlier statement from the ECB said that India have lost the match as they are unable to field the team, which means the series ends 2-2. However, it was removed a few minutes later.”
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Friday, “Following ongoing discussions with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth LV=insurance between England and India begins today at Emirates Old Trafford. Test has been cancelled.” It further said, “Due to the apprehension of further increase in the number of COVID-19 cases inside the camp, India is unable to field the team.”
In fact, after Indian physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar was found to be Covid-19 positive on Wednesday, many speculations started regarding the match. It was also told in some reports that after this there was a discussion between BCCI and ECB.
According to reports, not only this, many senior players of the team had expressed their desire not to enter the field despite the rest of the team coming negative. However, the test results of the second round conducted on Thursday are yet to come.
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