The fifth and final Test of the England-India Test series has been cancelled.
The Test had previously been in doubt when it was confirmed that India physio Yogesh Parmar had tested positive for COVID-19. According to the ECB’s initial statement, India were “unable to field a team and will instead forfeit the match.” This will late amended, with the word “forfeit” taken out.
The amended ECB statement read: “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.
“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.
Speaking on Sky Sports, former England captain Nasser Hussain said: “It’s an evolving situation; it’s a mess. There’s still a bit of debate about the actual result – that hasn’t been clarified. The ECB will work that out with the BCCI and the ICC in time. There’s been no forfeiture.
“The ECB have said there will be a refund on ticket sales, but you can imagine how many people have waited to come here and watch this Test match – and it was set up beautifully. It’s a real shame the series has to end on such a low note.”
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