India vs England Test series: The fifth Test between India and England, which was scheduled to start on Friday (September 10) has been postponed indefinitely. According to reports, some of the Indian Players have written to BCCI for expressing apprehension over playing the Test at Old Trafford due to the rising COVID-19 concerns with the tourists’ camp. The final date for hosting the match is yet to be known.
The postponement of the fifth Test comes after India’s Head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar, and second physio Yogesh Parmar are all under isolation after testing positive for Covid-19. Following this development, all the players underwent a fresh round of tests and were told to isolate themselves in their hotel rooms.
ECB initially announced that India had forfeited the match while informing about the cancellation of the game. However, they later clarified that they had not done so and that the match will be held at a later date to ascertain the outcome of the series.
“Following ongoing conversations with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth Test between England and India Men due to start today at Emirates Old Trafford, will be cancelled.
“Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are regrettably unable to field a team.
“We send our sincere apologies to fans and partners for this news, which we know will cause immense disappointment and inconvenience to many.
“Further information will be shared in due course,” read ECB’s official statement.
In a big boost, all the players tested negative for the virus and it was assumed that the match would be played as scheduled. However, some senior members of the Indian Cricket Team are worried about the evolving Covid-19 situation.
India currently leads the five-match Test series by a 2-1 margin, with one game left to be played. The first Test ended in a draw as rain played spoilsport on the final day. India won the second Test to take a 1-0 lead but England bounced back to win the third Test by an innings. Indian produced a solid all-around performance to register their second win in the fourth Test and take a 2-1 lead. With the latest developments, India’s England tour has concluded as of now.
Earlier, Ravindra Jadeja got ruled out of the fifth Test due to an ankle sprain. Ravichandran Ashwin was set to replace him in the playing XI. Besides, Mohammed Shami was likely to get back into the eleven in place of Jasprit Bumrah. The fifth Test match was scheduled to be played at Emirates Old Trafford.