The fifth and final Test between India and England has been cancelled after a prolonged discussion between the BCCI and ECB. The ECB confirmed the news hours before the start of the first day’s play. As the last match has been cancelled, the series remains at 2-1 in India’s favor. Reports also suggest that ECB has given India an option to complete the series when they tour England next year.
“Following ongoing conversations with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth LV= Insurance Test between England and India Men due to start today at Emirates Old Trafford, will be cancelled. Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are regrettably unable to field a team,” ECB said in a statement.
As soon as the news of the cancellation came up, Twitter users started reacting. Most of the fans were not happy at this news as India was in a good position to win the series. Meanwhile, a section of users did not hesitate from blaming the players for not taking part in the Test to play in the IPL. Some users were also quick to point fingers towards the Shastri book launch event.
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When can India complete the series then?
As the latest reports suggest, India has not forfeited the match and hence the series stands at 2-1 in India’s favor. But we all want this series to get a result, right? It may be possible that India would play the final Test of this series when they tour England next year for white-ball series. However, there is no certain news regarding the same.
With the last match cancelled, the players may leave early for the UAE to join their respective franchises for the second leg of IPL 2021. Most of the teams have already reached and started training as well. The second leg will kick off with the Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings clash on 19 September. After that, the Virat Kohli-led RCB will play KKR on 20 September.