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India-England final Test called off over Covid-19 fears

| Updated: September 11, 2021 21:21:44


Cricket - Third Test - England v India - Headingley, Leeds, Britain - August 25, 2021 India's Virat Kohli before start of play Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith Cricket - Third Test - England v India - Headingley, Leeds, Britain - August 25, 2021 India's Virat Kohli before start of play Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

The fifth and final Test in Manchester has been cancelled in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak within the India squad, ESPNcricinfo reports.

"Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are regrettably unable to field a team," the cricket website quoted the ECB as saying in a statement. "We send our sincere apologies to fans and partners for this news, which we know will cause immense disappointment and inconvenience to many."

The development comes on the back of intense discussions between the BCCI and the ECB after India's assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar returned a positive Covid-19 test on Wednesday, according to the report.

ESPNcricinfo understands more than one India player had expressed concerns about taking the field in talks between the BCCI and the team management over the last two days, the report notes.

The entire India squad returned negative RT-PCR tests on Thursday, according to the ESPNcricinfo report, but results of a second round of testing performed on Thursday are still awaited.

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