The fifth Test between India and England at Old Trafford in Manchester was called off on Friday (August 10) after the visitors were unable to field the playing XI. India head coach Ravi Shastri was the first member of the touring party to test positive for Covid-19. After the head coach, the bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar also tested positive for the virus.
The positive RT-PCR report of India’s junior physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar was the final blow for the squad. Hours before the match, ECB confirmed that the Test had to be called off as India were unable to field a team. Former England captain Michael Vaughan took to Twitter to react to the developments.
“India have let English Cricket down!!! But England did let South African Cricket down,” Vaughan wrote in a tweet.
India have let English Cricket down !!! But England did let South African Cricket down !!!
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 10, 2021
India were leading the five-match series 2-1 after the conclusion of the fourth Test.
As per a report in the Telegraph UK, the cancellation of the match in Manchester will cost England Cricket Board a whopping 20 million pounds (approximately INR 200 crore).