India will not lose Test series against England, canceled match will be played later: BCCI sources

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manchesterThe fifth and final Test cricket match between India and England was canceled on Friday due to concerns related to Covid-19. Earlier there was news about the match that if England believes that Team India has withdrawn from playing the match, then this canceled match will be considered as won and the series will be tied at 2-2. Since England had won the previous series, it would be the winner, but BCCI sources have denied this. Sources say that the Indian team has not lost this series. Team India will maintain a 2-1 lead in the series. The canceled 5th Test will be played between the two countries later. In this regard, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had said in a statement, “After the ongoing discussions with the BCCI (Cricket Board of India), the ECB can confirm that the fifth Test between England and India, starting today at Old Trafford. The match has been cancelled. After head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun, the players were under threat after assistant physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive for COVID-19. The ECB said, ‘In view of the increasing cases of Kovid in the team, India is not able to field its team.’ According to BCCI sources, the players tested negative but the players did not want to risk being on quarantine for 10 days in case they test positive further. There was an intense discussion between the BCCI and the ECB after India’s assistant physio Yogesh Parmar was found corona positive in the test on Thursday. It has also been learned that in the talks between BCCI and the team management in the last two days, more than one player from India had raised concerns about taking the field. India took a 2-1 lead in the series after winning the fourth Test at The Oval in London by 157 runs.

[Attribution to NBT]

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