Sumary of England-India fifth Test cancelled over COVID fears:
- Reports said several Indian players had expressed concerns over the potential spread of the virus and were unwilling to play, meaning they could not put out a team.
- COVID-19 is an acceptable reason for cancelling a match under the regulations for the World Test Championship if it has a significant impact on a side’s ability to field a team.
- “ECB chief executive Tom Harrison told Sky Sports that officials had tried to give players “as many different assurances as we could” but there was anxiety in the dressing room.
- ” The India squad have dealt with several COVID cases since Virat Kohli’s men arrived England in June for the inaugural World Test Championship final in Southampton, where they were beaten by New Zealand.
- Rescheduling the fifth Test is complicated by the imminent re-start of the lucrative Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, which resumes in the United Arab Emirates on 19 September.