The fifth and final Test between England and India is not expected to begin on Friday (September 10) as planned, and a final decision on whether the match will take place is still pending. 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.
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.
Just hours before the start of the fifth Test between England and India, Kolkata Knight Riders wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik took to social media to announce that play had been cancelled for the first day. Despite all visiting players returning negative COVID-19 results, the fate of the fifth Test between India and England hangs in the balance.
In a series of tweets, Karthik also posed the “bigger question” of whether the game will take place at all. “It appears that there will be no play today, guys,” Karthik tweeted. “The bigger question is whether the match will take place at all???? And, if not, what does the series score look like?” he continued in a tweet.
NO PLAY TODAY
ok Tata bye bye #ENGvsIND
— DK (@DineshKarthik) September 10, 2021
“NO PLAY TODAY ok Tata bye bye,” Karthik added.