India vs England: Manchester Test to be rescheduled after India's Covid-19 concerns

IND vs ENG, 5th Test: The BCCI has said that the two boards will look to reschedule the fifth Test, which was cancelled on Friday following the positive COVID-19 cases in the Indian camp.

The fifth Test match between India and England at Old Trafford has been called off.   -  GETTY IMAGES

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said that the two boards will look to reschedule the fifth England vs India Test, which was cancelled on Friday following the positive COVID-19 cases in the Indian camp.

A BCCI release stated: "In lieu of the strong relationship between BCCI and ECB, the BCCI has offered to ECB a rescheduling of the cancelled Test match. Both the boards will work towards finding a window to reschedule this Test match."

"The BCCI would like to thank the ECB for their co-operation and understanding in these trying times. We would like to apologise to the fans for not being able to complete an enthralling series." India leads the five-match series 2-1. India is due to return to the UK in 2022 for three T20Is and three ODIs.

The England and Wales and Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that the fifth Test between India and England at Old Trafford has been called off, following uncertainties over the positive COVID-19 tests in the Indian camp.

"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 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," the ECB said in a statement.

"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," it added.

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The ECB statement initially said that India, which led the series 2-1, had forfeited the final Test and the series was drawn 2-2. The statement has since been amended to say: "India are regrettably unable to field a team."

Lancashire has also issued a statement, with Daniel Gidney, the chief executive, saying the club is "absolutely devastated about the late cancellation" of the Old Trafford Test.

"We'd like to unreservedly apologise to ticket holders and all those that have or are due to travel to Emirates Old Trafford. A full refund will be issued, but we appreciate for many supporters, attending this Test match is more than just the monetary worth. After the last 18 months we've all experienced through the pandemic, it's a fixture cricket fans in the North West have looked forward to for the best part of 18 months.

 

"You can't underestimate the work that goes into preparing for a five-day Test Match and I'd like to thank all our supporters, guests, suppliers, partners and all those involved for their continued support. I'd also like to thank all of the amazing staff who work at Emirates Old Trafford who have worked tirelessly to prepare the ground for the Test. We have an incredibly loyal and talented group of people who have worked very long hours in the run up to this game.

"We are working closely with the England and Wales Cricket Board on next steps and the finer detail that will follow as a consequence of this cancellation. The Club will contact ticket and hospitality holders.

"The Club would like to once again express it's sincere apologies for all inconvenience and disruption caused to all involved."

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