Covid Shadow: WTC will not be affected by Manchester Test cancellation

In the context of World Test Championship, the India-England Test series is treated as a 4-Test series. If the fifth and final match at Old Trafford on September 10th gets cancelled due to Covid-19 testing by another member of Indian support staff, the series will be reclassified as a 4-Test.

“Under competition terms of WTC, Covid has been identified as acceptable noncompliance should it have a significant effect on the team being capable of playing,” a spokesperson for the International Cricket Council stated.

He said, “The match is not considered part of the competition because points are awarded for every match and the system relies on the percentage of matches won.” Yogesh Parmar, India’s assistant physical therapist, tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. The entire Indian contingent was subject to tests on Thursday morning. Results are expected to be available by Thursday evening.

The Indian team cancelled the pre-match press conference and called off the scheduled practice session they had planned for Thursday.

Parmar has been treating injured players from close quarters recently, including Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara.

India entered the fourth Test at The Oval last Thursday despite Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun, and R. Sridhar being positive for Covid-19.