1 min read.Updated: 10 Sep 2021, 03:40 PM ISTReuters
The Indian board said the well-being of the players was of “paramount importance” and that the match would be rescheduled at a later date without elaborating when that could be
The fifth test between England and India at Old Trafford was cancelled barely two hours before its scheduled start on Friday after the tourists failed to field a side following a COVID-19 case in their camp.
India were 2-1 up in the series heading into the final test but the match was thrown into doubt on Thursday after their physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
With the Indian Premier League (IPL) beginning on Sept. 19 in Dubai, there was no real prospect of the Manchester test being pushed back on this tour.
India will return to England in July to play three Twenty20 matches and an equal number of one-day internationals.
It was a tame end to a thrilling series lit up by the sublime batting of England captain Joe Root, who smashed three centuries in the opening three matches, and India's excellent seam bowling, spearheaded by Jasprit Bumrah.
"This is such a shame - as it's been a wonderful series!" tweeted Australia spin great Shane Warne.
India head coach Ravi Shastri had tested positive during the fourth test at The Oval and has since been isolating with bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and physio Nitin Patel.
England's tour of South Africa was abandoned in December after a number of positive coronavirus results were reported.
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