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No question of forfeiting 5th Test, says BCCI VP Shukla

Last updated on: September 11, 2021 00:31 IST
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The big screen shows the cancellation of the Fifth Test match between England and India on Day 1 at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester on Friday

IMAGE: The big screen shows the cancellation of the Fifth Test match between England and India on Day 1 at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester on Friday. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Board of Control for Cricket in India vice-president Rajeev Shukla says negotiations with the England and Wales Cricket Board are underway to resolve issues "amicably" following the cancellation of the fifth and final Test of the series, which was scheduled to commence in Manchester on Friday.

 

"After wide consultations between BCCI President, BCCI Secretary, Treasurer, me and Joint-Secretary, along with ECB Chairman and CEO and in consultations with players, captain, senior players it was decided to call off this Test match which was slated in Manchester," Shukla said.

"And other things you know, other negotiations with ECB will continue in order to resolve the whole issue amicably. There is no question of forfeiting the match; it has been only called off," he added.

Asked whether the match will be played at a later date, Shukla replied: "Those negotiations are taking place."

"While it is an evolving situation, it's a mess. There is still a debate about who has forfeited and the actual result of the game, that hasn't been clarified yet. The ECB will work that out with India and the ICC in due course. So, there's been no forfeiture. It is just an evolving situation where this Test match has been cancelled and that will be the end of the Indian tour of England," said Hussain while speaking to Sky Sports from Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

The fifth Test between India and England was cancelled due to "further increase in the number of COVID cases" inside the Indian camp.

"Following ongoing conversations with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth LV= Insurance Test between England and India Men due to start today at Emirates Old Trafford, will be cancelled," read a statement from the ECB.

Ahead of the match, physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive for COVID-19 in Manchester. This had led to Team India's training session for Thursday afternoon being cancelled.

However, there were no COVID-19 related worries in the England camp and Jos Buttler had said everything is fine and the hosts were looking forward to the game before the match was cancelled on Friday.

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