Mumbai, September 12: There is still confusion about the fifth and final Test of the India vs England series. The Test at Old Trafford in Manchester was canceled two hours before the toss. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has now written to the ICC on the matter. The ECB has requested for an immediate decision in the matter. The fifth Test between the two countries was scheduled to start on Friday (September 10). But about two hours ago, the test was canceled due to fear of corona virus. The decision was taken after some support staff, including the Indian team’s head coach Ravi Shastri, contracted the corona.
What are the options before the ICC?
Now the Manchester Test is likely to be held again next year. ECB chief executive Tom Harrison made the remarks on Friday. But if the ICC announces that the match was canceled due to cowardly-19 reasons, that Test will not be added to the points of the World Test Championship. In that situation, both teams will not get any points for this match. After that, the Indian team will be declared the winner 2-1. Another option would be for England to be declared the winner if the ICC committee feels that the Indian team has failed to play the test. In that case, the series will end in a 2-2 draw. Earlier, the BCCI had issued a press release canceling the Test match. The BCCI and the England Cricket Board have agreed to play the Test match in due course. The BCCI has said that a date will be found for this. “The safety of the players is paramount for us and there will be no compromise,” the BCCI said in a statement. Corona crisis in IPL 2021, BCCI to focus on ‘these’ 6 players!
What do both boards claim?
According to World Test Championship (WTC) rules, if a team’s ability to field is affected by a corona, that team has the right to withdraw. The BCCI has flouted this rule. None of the 20 members of the Indian team were infected with the corona. Therefore, the test was not canceled due to corona, the ECB claimed. ECB chief executive Tom Harrison has claimed that the test was canceled due to the mental health and interests of the players.