ENG vs IND: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tom Harrison said that England and India facing each other in a rescheduled Test will be a stand-alone situation.
The fifth Test between England and India in Manchester was called off on Friday due to concerns over Covid-19 in the Indian camp.
“I think it will be a stand-alone position,” Tom Harrison told Sky Sports. We’ve been offered other options, but I think we probably need to take a look at this for a few hours.
He said, let’s work on that and deliver it. That would be the only good news to come out on a day like this. There are financial implications to this (for the ECB), but we are taking steps to reduce them and make sure it is as limited as we can.
Doubts about the Test taking place first came to the fore on Thursday when India canceled their final training session and pre-match press conference. Later, it was learned that Yogesh Panwar was confined to his hotel rooms after another physiotherapist, Yogesh Panwar, tested positive.
This was the fourth case in the Indian team after head coach Ravi Shastri first contracted the coronavirus during the fourth Test at The Oval along with bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar.
The risk of the test was reduced when the team’s RT-PCR test came negative. But several Indian players expressed concern over the spread of the virus in the team, which meant that the visiting team could not keep a playing XI.
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It’s a sad day indeed,’ Tom Harrison said. My heart goes out to the fans. There is no winner in this scenario and it is a sad day for Test cricket at the international level.
The 49-year-old, who has represented Northamptonshire and Dubirshire, said the mental and physical health of players is paramount in the sport.