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The last test match was canceled after the case of Corona in the Indian team.
The 5th and final Test match of the series between India and England was canceled after the Indian team’s coaching staff came to Corona positive. Although the corona report of the players was negative. After this, it was believed that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would resolve the issue with mutual consent. But it seems that the matter does not seem to be resolved on mutual talks between the two boards. The ECB has written a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) seeking its intervention in this matter. The ECB wants the ICC’s Disputes Resolution Committee (DRC) to look into the matter and take a decision on it.
ECB does not consider the match to be canceled due to Corona
ECB Chief Tom Harrison has already clarified that the domestic cricket board does not consider the Manchester Test to be canceled due to Kovid-19. According to him, no player in India’s 20-member playing group was corona infected. So the playing XI could have been dropped. But the ECB believes that the reason for the cancellation of the Test was the mental health of the players and the well being of the players.
The committee has two options
If the ICC’s Disputes Resolution Committee considers the match to be canceled under the rules of Corona, then the points of this match will not be added to the points of the World Test Championship. In such a situation, both the teams will not get any points and this series will be considered as India’s victory. Because after the end of the four matches of the five-Test series, it is 2-1 ahead.
At the same time, the other option is that if the DRC believes that India did not play the match i.e. failed to field the team, then this match will be added to England’s account. In such a situation, the series will be considered equal to 2-2.
Five coaching staff corona infected including head coach Ravi Shastri
Before the Manchester Test, five coaching staff including Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri were infected with Corona. After which the players of Team India decided not to play the match and the match was canceled. The match was to be played in Manchester from 10 to 14 September.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah had said that the test can be done in future
BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a statement issued on Friday that the ECB and the Indian board will work towards re-organizing the fifth Test match of the canceled series. There will be no compromise on the safety of the players. Due to the strong relationship between the BCCI and the ECB, the Indian board has offered to hold the canceled Test match (5th Test of the series in Manchester) in the future.