Before the gloomy clouds of COVID-19 came over, England and India were scheduled to play the 5th Test of the series in Manchester. The match has been cancelled due to recent circumstances. It should be recalled that Ravi Shastri had already tested positive for COVID, which was backed by another member of the Indian group’s personnel. Here is Why IND vs ENG Final Test In Manchester Cancelled.
Why IND vs ENG Final Test In Manchester Cancelled
It was previously stated that the Test would be postponed, but it has now been confirmed that it would not be held. According to the ECB’s official website, India seems unable to field a team, and the match would be cancelled to control the spread of COVID-19. The IPL calendar, which is set to commence on September 19 in the UAE, would have also been strongly affected if the contest had been prolonged.
The series was 2-1 in India’s lead prior to the Manchester match, and it was believed that India would sweep the series in its entirety. Unfortunately, last-minute COVID-19 standards prevented players from taking the field, forcing the match to be cancelled.
England Cricket Tweets on the cancellation of the Final Test Match, “Following ongoing conversations with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth LV= Insurance Test at Emirates Old Trafford, due to start today, will be cancelled”.
Following ongoing conversations with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth LV= Insurance Test at Emirates Old Trafford, due to start today, will be cancelled.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 10, 2021
It’s also worth noting that all Indian players come back negative for COVID-19 during the most recent round of screening. Furthermore, some cases are anticipated to surface in the following days. India defeated England by 157 runs at the Oval, and captain Virat Kohli praised the team’s courage in stressful times.
“The character that the side has shown, to come back from 100 run deficit showed that we were not down and out. I said at Lord’s as well, I am proud of the character, among the top three bowling performances I have witnessed as India captain. It’s relative to what you call flat, the field wasn’t wet like the first three days, the ball got scuffed up nicely, one side heavier, and exploited reverse swing perfectly. We believed as a team that we could get all ten wickets”.
Kohli said about Bumrah after the 4th match: “27 runs off 22 overs on this kind of pitch, a huge effort. When it started reversing he just said give me the ball”.