India vs England 5th Test: The Old Trafford Test cancelled due to Covid-19 scare

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“Following
ongoing
conversations
with
the
BCCI,
the
ECB
can
confirm
that
the
fifth
LV=
Insurance
Test
between
England
and
India
Men
due
to
start
today
(September
10)
at
Emirates
Old
Trafford,
will
be
cancelled,”
the
official
statement
by
ECB
stated.

“Due
to
fears
of
a
further
increase
in
the
number
of
COVID
cases
inside
the
camp,
India
are
unable
to
field
a
team
and
will
instead
forfeit
the
match.

“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,”
said
the
statement.

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However,
the
ECB
later
updated
the
original
statement
and
deleted
the
word

forfeit.
Instead
they
re-coined
the
sentence:
“Due
to
fears
of
a
further
increase
in
the
number
of
Covid
cases
India
are
regrettably
unable
to
field
a
team.”

Earlier,
it
came
to
light
that
the
first
day
of
the
5th
Test
was
pushed
back.
This
came
after
the
Board
of
Control
for
Cricket
in
India
(BCCI)
and
the
England
and
Wales
Cricket
Board
(ECB)
had
long
discussions
on
Thursday
(September
9)
and
Friday
(September
10).

The
sources
said
more
test
results
of
the
players
and
support
staff
will
be
taken
into
consideration
before
taking
a
call.

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“Yes,
it
is
not
starting
today.
More
test
results
are
awaited
before
a
call
is
taken
on
starting
on
Saturday
(September
11),”
the
source
told
ANI.

Ahead
of
the
fifth
and
final
Test
against
England,
India
assistant
physio
Yogesh
Parmar
tested
positive
for
COVID-19
in
Manchester.

This
had
led
to
Team
India’s
training
session
for
Thursday
afternoon
being
cancelled.
However,
there
are
no
COVID-19
related
worries
in
the
England
camp
and
Jos
Buttler
said
everything
is
fine
and
the
hosts
are
looking
forward
to
the
game.

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“We
don’t
know
too
much
about
it
at
the
moment.
It
would
be
naive
to
speculate
on
what’s
going
on.
At
the
moment
we’re
fully
expecting
the
game
to
go
ahead
and
we’re
preparing
that
way
so
fingers
crossed
the
game
will
go
ahead.
Things
are
fine
in
our
camp
and
we
are
looking
forward
to
the
game,”
said
Buttler
in
a
virtual
press
conference.

This
came
after
India
head
coach
Ravi
Shastri,
bowling
coach
Bharat
Arun
and
fielding
coach
R
Sridhar
returned
positive
results
to
their
RT-PCR
tests
during
the
fourth
Test.

They
are
currently
undergoing
isolation
and
can
come
out
only
after
returning
two
negative
results.

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On
Sunday,
just
half
an
hour
before
the
start
of
play
on
Day
4
of
the
fourth
Test,
the
BCCI
said
its
medical
team
had
isolated
Shastri,
Bharat
Arun,
Sridhar,
and
physio
Nitin
Patel
as
a
precautionary
measure
after
Shastri’s
lateral
flow
test
returned
positive
on
Saturday
evening.

The
remaining
members
of
the
Team
India
contingent
had
undergone
two
Lateral
Flow
Tests

one
on
Saturday
night
and
another
on
Sunday
morning.
The
members
upon
returning
negative
COVID
reports
were
allowed
to
proceed
for
Day
4
of
the
fourth
Test
at
The
Oval
against
England.

(More
to
follow)

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