The fifth and ultimate test of the collection was cancelled simply hours earlier than play was as a result of begin, following a coronavirus outbreak in Indian camp.
The fifth Test between England and India has been cancelled as a result of COVID-19 considerations inside the India camp, the England and Wales Cricket Board has introduced, simply hours earlier than the match at Old Trafford was as a result of begin.
“Following ongoing conversations with the BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India], the ECB can confirm that the fifth Test between England and India Men due to start today at Emirates Old Trafford, will be cancelled,” mentioned the assertion on Friday.
“Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are regrettably unable to field a team.”
The ECB initially mentioned within the assertion that India had forfeited the match however later retracted that.
India had been 2-1 up within the collection heading into the ultimate match however the test was thrown into doubt on Thursday after their physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar examined constructive for the novel coronavirus.
As a consequence, India’s total touring occasion was pressured to isolate in its Manchester resort, and cancel their ultimate coaching session and obligatory pre-match press convention on Thursday.
India coach Ravi Shastri had examined constructive throughout the fourth test at The Oval and has since been isolating.
Bowling coach Bharath Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and principal physio Nitin Patel additionally examined constructive.
Reports mentioned a number of Indian gamers harboured considerations over the unfold of the virus and had been unwilling to play, that means India couldn’t put out a workforce.
“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 mentioned.