In a dramatic turn of events on Friday morning, the fifth Test between India and England scheduled to be played in Manchester has been cancelled citing covid fears after a member of Indian support staff was tested positive ahead of the series finale.
“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,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Friday.
“Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are unable to field a team,” it added.
The ECB has apologised to the stakeholders and said further information surrounding the fate of the contest will be shared soon.
“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 said.
More to follow…