England's Board Changes Statement After Saying India 'Forfeit' 5th Test

The ECB initially stated that India "forfeit the match" after being "unable to form a team," but shortly published a revised statement that removed the forfeiture reference.

England's Board Changes Statement After Saying India 'Forfeit' 5th Test
England's Board Changes Statement After Saying India 'Forfeit' 5th Test

The fifth Test between India and England, scheduled to begin today in Manchester, has been cancelled, according to the England and Wales Cricket Board. Initially, the ECB issued a statement stating that India "forfeit the match" after being "unable to produce a team." However, England's board of directors quickly published a new statement, removing the mention of India forfeiting the fifth and final Test.

However, a new statement appeared on the ECB's website soon after, with the paragraph about India's forfeiture removed. 

"The ECB can confirm that the fifth LV= Insurance Test between England and India Men, scheduled to begin today at Emirates Old Trafford, has been cancelled following ongoing discussions with the BCCI. India would be unable to field a team due to fears of an increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp "read the ECB's latest statement 
In a statement, the Indian board stated that it has offered to reschedule the cancelled Test.

"The BCCI and ECB had multiple rounds of discussions to find a means to play the Test Match," the Indian board said. "However, the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision to cancel the Old Trafford Test Match." 

"The BCCI has offered the ECB a rescheduling of the cancelled Test match due to the excellent relationship between the two organisations. Both Boards will try to locate a time when this Test match can be rescheduled." 

On Thursday, another member of Team India's support staff tested positive for COVID-19, but the match was anticipated to go on as planned after all of the Indian players tested negative.