Test cricket match at Emirates Old Trafford is cancelled due to Covid-19

By Kieran Isgin

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that the fifth Test between England and India Men that was due to start today will be cancelled.

The Test that was supposed to take place at Emirates Old Trafford will be cancelled because of fears related to the increase in Covid-19 cases inside the camp which has to make India 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 ECB said in the anouncement.

The decider was due to take place at 11 am this morning with the announcement of the cancellation only coming just two hours before the match was due.

Concerns over the fixture going ahead first appeared on the eve of the match, when India cancelled their final training session and failed to complete their mandatory press conference.

It later emerged that the squad was confined to its hotel after a new positive case was confirmed by one of their backroom team.

The threat appeared to recede when a fresh round of PCR testing came back negative on Wednesday evening.

However, following intense negotiations between the ECB and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) the game was cancelled.

The Indian team cancelled their training on Thursday (Martin Rickett/PA)

It is understood that a number of Indian players harboured concerns over the spread of the virus and were unwilling to take the field, meaning the tourists could not put up an XI.

The ECB statement further said: "“Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are 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. Further information will be shared in due course.”


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