After the cancellation of the fifth and final Test in the ongoing series, the Indian cricket board asked the England and Wales Cricket Board to reschedule it. This was due to Indian players’ reluctance after the emergence of a new Covid-19 positive case.
After four Tests, India leads the series 2-1.
“In place of the strong relationship between BCCI & ECB the BCCI offered to ECB a rescheduling for the canceled Test match. Both Boards will try to find a window for rescheduling this Test match,” stated the Board of Control for Cricket in India in a statement.
The BCCI and the England and Wales Cricket Board had previously agreed to postpone the fifth Test at Old Trafford, Manchester.
“The BCCI, ECB had several rounds of discussions to determine a way to play Test Match. However, the spread of Covid-19 among the Indian team contingent led to the decision to cancel Old Trafford Test Match,” said the BCCI in a statement.
It stated that “The BCCI has always maintained the safety and well being of the players is of paramount importance” and that it would not compromise on this aspect.
“The BCCI would like to thank the ECB and their cooperation during these difficult times. It added that it would like to apologize to the fans for not being in a position to finish an exciting series.
Yogesh Parmar, the team assistant physiotherapist, was positive on Thursday. This test came just days after Ravi Shastri and Bharat Arun, the bowling coach, and R Sridhar, were positive.