The fifth Test between India and England has been cancelled because COVID-19 has once again found a way to disrupt a sporting event. The respective cricket boards, the BCCI and the ECB, came to an agreement on the decision, with the former even looking for a possible window to reschedule the match.
The development occurred following the discovery of a number of COVID positive cases in the Indian camp. It all began when head coach Ravi Shastri tested positive for the virus, forcing him and three other support staff members to be isolated.
As India prepared for the final match in Manchester, another positive case emerged from the Indian camp on the eve of the match, with physio Yogesh Parmar becoming infected. The training session was immediately cancelled, and players were strictly instructed to remain in their rooms.
As a result, some senior players expressed reservations about taking the field.
According to ESPNCricinfo, the players were informed about the cancellation of the match on the Whatsapp group just hours before the toss.
According to the report, the first message in the group read: “The game has been cancelled. It is critical that each of you remain in your respective rooms.”
After about 10 minutes, the team received another message that said, “We are unable to arrange breakfast in your room, so if you want, you can go to the restaurant to have your meal.”