The fifth Test between England and India has been called off after the visitors were unable to field the playing XI due to the spread of COVID19 within the Indian camp.
The ECB statement initially said India had forfeited the test and the series was drawn 2-2. That was quickly amended and the final result was unclear.
“We send our sincere apologies to fans and partners for this news, which we know will cause immense disappointment and inconvenience to many,” the ECB said.
The lucrative Indian Premier League — featuring players from both teams — is resuming on Sept. 19 in the United Arab Emirates, complicating any chances of the fifth test being rescheduled.
“It’s tremendously disappointing for cricket fans as it’s been an incredible series and everybody wanted to see how this was going to pan out,” said former England batsman Mark Butcher, who was working with British broadcaster Sky Sports.
“There are also other factors to think of, and I’m sure people will be talking about the fact the IPL restarts in the UAE on the 19th and any postponement would push that back beyond the start of the competition.”
Meanwhile, fans slammed Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri for attending a book launch event during the Test series.
Kohli and Shastri should be sacked for breaching the Covid Protocol for for book launch and inturn robbing the fans of a great series finale. pic.twitter.com/NVZk8qGJdB
— Maarwadi🚩🚩🚩 (@Marwadi99) September 10, 2021
On a very fckuin serious note who the f gave permission to Shastri and Kolly to go for a book launch amid this series?When they very well know that there were restrictions,they were inside bio bubble,this is serious breach,any other board would have taken strictest action.
— Dewang Ganatra (@RetardedHurt) September 10, 2021
— Mr. H 🇮🇳 (@HiPiStar) September 10, 2021