The fifth and final Test between England and India, which is scheduled to begin on Friday (September 10), has been cancelled. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has shared the news on their social media account.
The decision seems to be taken after Team India’s junior physio Yogesh Parmer has been tested positive for COVID-19, although, the RT-PR tests of the players who came in contact with him have come negative as well.
As per the report on PTI, a senior Indian cricketer voiced his concerns over featuring in the game saying that the chances of a playing member tests positive on one of the match days as well.
In a statement confirming the same, ECB wrote: “Following ongoing conversations with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth LV= Insurance Test between England and India Men due to start today at Emirates Old Trafford, will be canceled. Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India is regrettably unable to field a team. We send our sincere apologies to fans and partners for this news.”
However, according to the sources of Outlook India, the entire Indian cricket team is having a second round of RT-PCR tests on Friday as well. While the results are expected to come late in the evening, UK time, there was a lot of uncertainty regarding playing the Manchester Test. And, the Indian team did not want to play the match and ECB wanted them to forfeit the game as well.
Meanwhile, the Indian team is already reeling with the Covid-19 positive cases where their head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Shrishar are in quarantine after having been affected by the deadly virus. Notably, they have not travelled with the team to London for the fifth and final Test whereas batting coach Vikram Rathour is the only senior support staff traveled with the team.
Here is how Twitterati reacted on the England-India Test cancellation:
The ECB gives indian an option to the complete the 5th Test next year when they visit England for the white ball series.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 10, 2021
Fifth Test between England & India cancelled pic.twitter.com/z8AVeWnyW4
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) September 10, 2021
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) September 10, 2021
— Matt Roller (@mroller98) September 10, 2021
basically india have won test cricket 5-2 vs england in 2021 #ENGvsIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) September 10, 2021
— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) September 10, 2021
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) September 10, 2021
India have let English Cricket down !!! But England did let South African Cricket down !!!
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 10, 2021
NO PLAY TODAY
ok Tata bye bye #ENGvsIND
— DK (@DineshKarthik) September 10, 2021