India vs England: The fifth match of the Test Series between India and England, which was scheduled to take place on September 10 but was postponed, has been now rescheduled and will now take place in July 2022.
The match will commence on July 1 at Edgbaston instead of Manchester as originally planned, a decision mutually taken by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). India resumes the campaign leading the series 2-1.
The match was called off last month after reports emerged that some of the Indian Players had written to the BCCI expressing apprehension about playing the Test at Old Trafford due to the rising COVID-19 concerns with the tourists’ camp. India’s Head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar, and second physio Yogesh Parmar were all under isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 during that time. Following this development, all the players underwent a fresh round of tests and were told to isolate themselves in their hotel rooms before the match was ultimately postponed.
“Due to the complexities in the schedule, the fixture cannot be staged at Emirates Old Trafford owing to clashes with pre-planned events at the venue, which will leave insufficient time to prepare a Test pitch. Instead, Emirates Old Trafford will now host the second LV= Insurance Test against South Africa next summer, starting on August 25, 2022. This match was previously due to take place at Edgbaston,” ECB stated in an official media release.
The rescheduling of the fifth Test has caused a shift in the dates of the Vitality IT20 Series and the Royal London Series between England and India as they will now start six days later than originally scheduled. The T20I series will get rolling on 7 July at Ageas Bowl with Edgbaston and Trent Bridge hosting the 2nd and 3rd games of the series, respectively on 9 and 10 July.
On the other hand, the One Day Series will commence on 12 July at the Kia Oval. The 2nd game will be staged at the Lord’s on 14 July. while the final match of the series will take place at Emirates Old Trafford on Sunday 17 July.
Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are very pleased that we have reached an agreement with BCCI to create a fitting end to what has been a brilliant series so far.
“I’m very grateful to all the venues involved for the cooperation they’ve shown in allowing us to reschedule this match. I’d also like to thank Cricket South Africa for their support and understanding to allow these changes to be possible.
“We would like to apologise again to fans for the disruption and disappointment of September events. We know it was a day that so many had planned long in advance.
“We recognise that accommodating this extra match means a tighter schedule for the white ball series. We will continue to manage our players’ welfare and workloads through next year while we also continue to seek the optimum schedule for fans, players and our partners across the game.”
Mr Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI, said: “I am delighted that the England-India Test series will now have its rightful conclusion. The four-Test matches were riveting, and we needed a fitting finale.
“The BCCI recognizes and respects the traditional form of the game and is also mindful of its role and obligations towards fellow Board Members. In the last two months, both BCCI and the ECB have been engaged in discussions and our efforts were aimed at finding a suitable window. I thank the ECB for their understanding and patience in finding an amicable solution.”
India vs England Revised 2022 Schedule
July 1-5 – Rescheduled 5th LV= Insurance Test vs India, Edgbaston
July 7 – 1st Vitality T201, Ageas Bowl
July 9 – 2nd Vitality T20I, Edgbaston
July 10 – 3rd Vitality T20I, Trent Bridge
July 12 – 1st Royal London ODI, Kia Oval
July 14 – 2nd Royal London ODI, Lord’s
July 17 – 3rd Royal London ODI, Emirates Old Trafford
August 25-29 – 2nd LV= Insurance Test vs South Africa, Emirates Old Trafford