The fifth Test between England and India is likely to be postponed by two days. The development comes after a member of the Indian support staff tested positive for COVID-19. This was the fifth case of COVID-19 in the Indian camp after head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and physiotherapist Nitin Patel returned positive results.
There were doubts if the match will go ahead and the ECB had suggested the BCCI to forfeit the match, as per several reports. However, BCCI decided to wait for the RT PCR results of the Indian players. The reports came negative and the match was set to go ahead.
In the latest turn of events, reports are coming that the fifth Test in Manchester will start from September 12. A prominent journalist KSR tweeted about the same. According to the report, the ECB wants the match to be postponed by two days. However, the BCCI has a divided opinion on the same. One BCCI administrator wants the match to be called off while two administrators have agreed to the same.
A senior member from the Indian team was also not in favour of the match going ahead as he felt the situation can become worse if anyone tests positive on matchdays.
Two senior BCCI administrators say "agree to ECB suggestion of delaying by two days".
Eithwr way play looks unlikely today. Unprecedented!#ENGvsIND
— KSR (@KShriniwasRao) September 10, 2021
The second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to get underway from September 19. The IPL bound India and England players were set to leave for UAE on September 15. However, If the match is postponed by two days, Indian team’s departure to the UAE will also be delayed by two days and the team will land in UAE on 17, just two days before the start of IPL. There is no official confirmation as of yet and it will be interesting to see how BCCI sort out the issue.