- India-England fifth test match canceled due to Kovid
- England Cricket Board wrote a letter to ICC regarding the decision in Manchester Test
- The Indian team will go to England in July next year to play ODI and T20 matches.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has written a letter to the ICC, seeking to initiate the process of deciding the canceled Manchester Test match. The fifth and final Test match of the series between India and England to be played at Old Trafford in Manchester was canceled on Friday.
Due to the outbreak of Corona in the Indian camp, it was agreed to cancel the Test after hours of meeting between the BCCI and the ECB. The ECB has urged the ICC to decide whether the result will be 2-1 or 2-2.
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said on Friday that the Test proposed by the BCCI in lieu of the canceled fifth Test will be a separate match outside the series. With this demand, the ECB has put this matter in the court of ICC.
Harrison told Sky Sports, ‘I think it’s a different situation. We have been given some more options which will have to be looked at. He was asked whether it will be a separate match or will be the decider of the series.
Team India refuses to take the field
CEO Tom Harrison said that the match had to be canceled not because of fear of the corona virus but because of ‘what could happen’ thinking about it. He said that every effort was made to convince the Indian players to make them feel comfortable. But the players, terrified of assistant physio Yogesh Parmar being Kovid positive, refused to take the field.
England tour to be held in July next year
If it is a one-Test series, then India will be considered as the winner of the current series against England as it is currently leading 2-1. However, this has not been officially confirmed yet. The canceled Test match can be played in July next year when India tour England for a limited overs series.
India won the second test match at Lord’s by 151 runs and the fourth test match at The Oval by 157 runs. Meanwhile, England won the third Test at Leeds by an innings and 76 runs. The first match played in Nottingham ended in a draw.