Pataudi Trophy 2021: Will the re-arranged 5th Test be a one-off? ECB CEO Tom Harrison comments
The fifth Test in Manchester between India and England for the Pataudi Trophy has been called off. However, the battle for the series result continues, as ECB CEO Tom Harrison comments on what's next.
The cricketing world has been abuzz since Friday following the abandonment of the fifth Test between India and England at Old Trafford in Manchester for the Pataudi Trophy due to COVID cases in the Indian camp. While the series result currently stays 2-1, the is still a lack of transparency as the official result is yet to be clarified by the International Cricket Council.
As per reports, if ICC deems the fifth Test as a forfeit, England squares the series 2-2, while it would allow England and Wales Cricket Board to claim the insurance for the lost revenue from the fifth Test. If the match is deemed abandoned by ICC, India takes the series 2-1 with no insurance claim for ECB.
Furthermore, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has given ECB the option to reschedule the Test to a later date, apparently, next year when India tours England for limited-overs contests. However, it is unclear if the rescheduled Test would be a part of this series or just a one-off to raise the revenue for the remaining Test.
Speaking on the same, ECB CEO Tom Harrison said that it is still working on the option to reschedule the Test, with no clarity if it would be a part of this series or a one-off. Furthermore, he alleged that more than a COVID cancellation, it happens to be called off due to bubble fatigue by the Indians, reports ESPNCricinfo.
It all began after head coach Ravi Shastri tested COVID positive last week, followed by bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar. Meanwhile, team physio Yogesh Parmar was the latest to test positive, which led to the mess of the fifth Test being cancelled.
In the same light, ECB claims that India breached the bubble by attending Shastri's book launch event a couple of weeks back. However, the details of how it could be viewed as a breach remain to be seen, as Harrison himself clarified that the sides no longer stay in bio-secure bubbles.
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