England Board Wants India To Forfeit 5th Test; BCCI Says Will Play If Players Test Negative

The ECB has asked India to surrender the fifth Test in Manchester, but the BCCI has stated that if the players test negative, the match would be played.

England Board Wants India To Forfeit 5th Test; BCCI Says Will Play If Players Test Negative
England Board Wants India To Forfeit 5th Test; BCCI Says Will Play If Players Test Negative: Sources

In light of a support staff member testing positive for COVID-19, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has asked its Indian counterparts to forfeit the fifth and final Test of the present series in Manchester, sources told NDTV on Thursday. The BCCI, on the other hand, has stated that if the players test negative in the RT-PCR testing taken earlier in the day, the Test will be held.

A member of the Indian team's support staff had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day, forcing India's training session on the eve of the Test to be cancelled. 

Ravi Shastri, India's head coach, tested positive for COVID-19 during the fourth Test in Leeds, and he and three of his fellow support staff members — Bharat Arun, R Sridhar, and Nitin Patel — were placed in isolation in London. 

India leads the five-match Test series 2-1 heading into the final match, which begins on Friday in Manchester. The tourists had drawn the first Test in Trent Bridge, a match that had been disrupted by rain on multiple occasions.

India won by 151 runs in the second Test at Lord's to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The England team lead by Joe Root came back in the third Test, dismissing India for 78 in the first innings on way to an innings and 76-run triumph. 

Virat Kohli's India, on the other hand, quickly rebounded to win the fourth Test at the Oval by 157 runs, with outstanding performances from Rohit Sharma and Shardul Thakur. In the second innings, the former recorded his first overseas Test century, while the latter made the fifties in both innings and took important wickets to help India win.

India is looking to claim their fourth-ever Test series victory on English soil.