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Final England-India Test in Manchester cancelled due to Covid

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The fifth and final ICC World Test Championship match between England and India in Manchester has been cancelled after Covid-19 disrupted the Indian camp, rendering the visitors unable to field a team.

The ECB, on Friday 10 September, stated: "Following ongoing conversations with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth Test between England and India Men due to start today at Old Trafford, will be cancelled. 

"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."

The BCCI later said it would work with the ECB to find a window to reschedule the final Test. Their statement read: "The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have jointly decided to call off the 5th Test Match scheduled at Manchester in ongoing India’s tour of England 2021. 

"The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the Test Match, however, the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the Old Trafford Test Match.

"In lieu of the strong relationship between BCCI and ECB, the BCCI has offered to ECB a rescheduling of the cancelled Test match. Both the Boards will work towards finding a window to reschedule this Test match.

"The BCCI has always maintained that the safety and well-being of the players is of paramount importance and there will be no comprise on that aspect. 

"The BCCI would like to thank the ECB for their co-operation and understanding in these trying times.  We would like to apologise to the fans for not being able to complete an enthralling series."

 

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