The 5th Test between India vs England has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak within the India squad. The England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Friday that the match had been canceled. Now BCCI has released a media advisory and said that both boards have mutually decided to call off the 5th Test Match at Manchester. The media advisory reads,
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 are 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 apologize to the fans for not being able to complete an enthralling series.
Update: The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the match, however, the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the Old Trafford Test.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 10, 2021
India was ahead in the series 2-1. Though England cannot win the series, they could have definitely Draw it. BCCI has offered ECB to reschedule the Test Match for a later date. Both boards will find out the window to reschedule this Test match. The 5th Test may be played on a later date, probably in July 2022, when India has to tour England for ODIs and T20Is. As of now, it is an unforgettable end to an unbelievable Test series between India vs England. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments below.