In a big development, day one of the fifth and final Test in Manchester has been postponed. According to reports, England and Wales Cricket Board has postponed the 5th Test match by two days. ECB has reportedly confirmed the development. Earlier, there were reports of some players being uncomfortable with the start of 5th Test due to the Covid outbreak in the Indian camp. Some Indian players were reluctant to take the field after having been in close contact with at least one of those who tested positive.
According to ANI, the fate of 5th Test between India and England will be decided after results of another Covid-19 test will come, which was taken yesterday.
India cancel training because of Covid case
Earlier, India cancelled optional training session on Thursday in Manchester after another member of their coaching staff tested positive for Covid. India cricket team’s junior physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, players were told to stay in their hotel rooms.
The fifth and final Test was scheduled to start at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday. The players were slated to immediately leave for UAE to play in the second leg of Indian Premier League, which starts from 19 September. As a result, the postponement of the first two days could have significant repercussions for IPL as well.
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