The fifth Test between England and India scheduled to begin from Friday (10 September) in Manchester has been called off due to the spread of Covid-19 within the Indian camp. The England & Wales Cricket Board was not happy with the turn of events before the final Test of the series. Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli attended a book launch event during the Test series, which the Indian Cricket Board speculate that Shastri and other members of the support could have contracted the virus from.
“Thankfully the nightmare scenario was avoided on Thursday night when it emerged all the players’ PCR tests had come back negative. But it is a narrow escape for the game and clearly, India coaches and players were irresponsible to attend a book launch at a London hotel outside their bubble, as revealed by Sportsmail, two days before the fourth Test at the Oval,” the Daily Mail reported.
Interestingly, BCCI secretary Jay Shah had told the touring party to not attend any public gathering event due to the COVID-19 threat in England. Now with ECB blaming Ravi Shastri and Kohli, the governing body of Indian is not happy with the issue.