The fifth and final cricket test match between India and England scheduled to begin at the Old Trafford in Manchester has been indefinitely postponed to a later date, probably next year, due to a “further increase in the number of COVID cases” inside the Indian camp.
The match has been called off mutually by India and England.
“Following ongoing conversations with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth Test between England and India Men due to start today at Emirates Old Trafford, will be cancelled,” England Cricket Board said in a statement on September 10, 2021.
“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, which we know will cause immense disappointment and inconvenience to many,” the statement read.
“Further information will be shared in due course,” it added.
“The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the match, however, the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the Old Trafford Test,” BCCI tweeted on September 10, 2021
“Players’ safety is of primary importance. Everything else is secondary. On top of it, they are with their families. Nothing is above the safety of individuals. If the Test can’t be postponed, cancel it,” it said.
It may be noted that during the fourth test match India’s Head Coach Ravi Shastri and two other members of the team tested COVID positive.