The fifth and final Test between India and England, scheduled to begin on Friday (September 10), has been cancelled, according to the England Cricket Board (ECB). The development follows heated discussions between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the England Cricket Board (ECB) following the positive COVID-19 test returned by India’s assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar on Thursday.
“Following ongoing discussions with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth LV= Insurance Test between England and India Men, which was scheduled to begin today at Emirates Old Trafford, has been cancelled. Due to concerns about an increase in the number of COVID cases within the camp, India will not field a team and will instead forfeit the match “According to an ECB statement.
“We sincerely apologise to our fans and partners for this news, which we know will be extremely disappointing and inconvenient for many. More information will be provided in due course “the statement went on to say
Following ongoing conversations with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth LV= Insurance Test at Emirates Old Trafford, due to start today, will be cancelled.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 10, 2021
According to the ESPNCricinfo website, more than one India player is believed to have expressed concerns about taking the field during talks between the BCCI and team management over the last two days. On Thursday, the entire India squad returned negative RT-PCR results, but the results of a new round of testing are expected on Friday morning.
The Indian cricket team forfeited the fifth and final Test against England on Friday after senior players decided not to take the field due to a new COVID-19 case in the contingent, ending the series 2-2 in Manchester, according to news agency PTI. After assistant physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive for COVID-19, the players were on edge.
According to BCCI sources, the players tested negative, but with the 96-hour incubation period also factored in, they didn’t want to risk testing positive and ending up in a 10-day quarantine.