After the fifth and the final Test between India and England at Manchester was called off, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has approached the International Cricket Council (ICC) to decide the fate of the cancelled Test. The development indicates that the ECB and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have failed to reach a consensus on the outcome of the cancelled Test.
An ECB spokesperson has confirmed the development. Notably, India was leading the Test series 2-1. If the ICC rules the Test as abandoned, then India will win the series 2-1, but if England gets forfeiture as per the DRC ruling, it will be a 2-2 verdict and the host nation can also claim insurance.
The ECB wants the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee to address the issue and expect that a forfeiture would be granted so that they can claim insurance as they are going to lose 40 million pound if the match is declared abandoned due to COVID.
The viral infection is an acceptable non-compliance and the Indian camp has stated that it was unable to field a team for the match. However, the ECB has argued that the Indian players returned two negative RT-PCR results and were still reluctant to play.
If it is ruled in favour of India, ECB stands to incur huge losses as most of the 40 million pound is not covered under COVID-19 insurance.
Cancellation of Test
On the day of the final Test, the ECB had in a statement said, “Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are regrettably unable to field a team. We send our sincere apologies to fans and partners for this news, which we know will cause immense disappointment and inconvenience to many.”
“Following ongoing conversations with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth LV= Insurance Test between England and India Men due to start today at Emirates Old Trafford, will be cancelled,” the ECB statement provided.
India had to cancel its final training session on the eve of the series finale after the positive test report came in. Team India’s physio Yogesh Parmar has tested positive for COVID-19 in tests conducted on Wednesday. Earlier, head coach Ravi Shastri had tested positive for COVID-19 and had to go into isolation along with fellow members of the support staff—Bharat Arun, R Sridhar and Nitin Patel.
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