The five-Test series between England and India has seen a fair competition between bat and ball. Both the nations have left no stone unturned and have matched each other blow for blow. The five-Test series currently stands at 1-2 with the Virat Kohli-led side in lead. However, with just one match remaining in the series, the COVID-19 scare in the Indian camp has left the commencement of the fifth and final Test of the series in doubts.
After the COVID-19 scare in the Indian camp, which saw one more positive test returning from the Indian contingent, England and Wales Cricket Board has told BCCI to forfeit the final Test match between England and India.
However, as per the reports in TOI, it is learned that the BCCI after talks with team management and seniors players such as Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have gone against the decision and have decided that they will not forfeit the match.
Also as per the reports, India skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have clearly told that if the Test match has to be cancelled then the series should go 2-1 in the favour of India or else they are ready to play even with the COVID-19 threat.
The fifth Test match of the five-Test series between Indian and England came under scrutiny after Team India’s physio Yogesh Parmar returned COVID-19 positive Test, after which the team’s training session was called off.
However as per the reports in ANI, whether the fifth Test match will be played or not will depend on the COVID-19 results of other Indian players and support staff. It is learned that reports will come around 8:00 pm (UK) time and only after that call about the final match of the series will be taken.
“A clear picture will be got around a little past midnight India time. The tests have been done by ECB’s testing agency and the reports will come in around 8 pm UK time. With physio Nitin Patel in isolation, it was Parmar who was working with the team over the last few days and since he has tested positive, it will be the test reports which will decide the way forward,” sources said.