Pataudi Trophy 2021: BCCI urges ECB to reschedule 5th Test between India and England
The final Test between India and England has been called off due to a COVID case in the Indian camp. Meanwhile, the BCCI has asked the ECB to reschedule the Test to a later date.
Following the unfortunate COVID case in the Indian camp, the final Test between India and England, scheduled to be held at Old Trafford in Manchester from Friday, has been called off. As of now, the series stands 2-1 in India's favour.
While there was confusion if the series would end 2-1 in India's favour or be considered a forfeit by India and end 2-2, none of it seems to be the case. In the meantime, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has sent out a clarification, stating that it has asked England and Wales Cricket Board to reschedule the Test to a later date.
"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," it said in a statement.
"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," it added.
As of now, the players are awaiting the result of the RT-PCR test on Friday. If any of the players come out positive, the entire squad is likely to isolate for ten days, as per the guidelines of the United Kingdom government. However, a negative result could mean the players could leave for the United Arab Emirates early for the resuming 2021 Indian Premier League.
It is to be noted that India is scheduled to tour England again next year for limited-overs contests, and it could well be possible that the Test could be adjusted on that tour. However, with the 2022 home schedule already been announced by the ECB, it might just have to tweak it a bit to accommodate the Test.
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