India-England final Test match cancelled, BCCI says will work with ECB to 'reschedule' clash
"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," the English board said in a statement.
"Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are regrettably unable to field a team," it said.
The BCCI has offered to ECB a rescheduling of the cancelled Test match.
"Both the Boards will work towards finding a window to reschedule this Test match," the BCCI said in a statement.
"The BCCI has always maintained that the safety and well-being of the players is of paramount importance and there will be no compromise on that aspect," read the statement.
India is leading the series 2-1.
India received a jolt during the fourth Test match when three members of their support staff, including head coach Ravi Shastri, had tested positive for Covid.
Another member reportedly tested COVID-19 positive ahead of the fifth Test which forced the boards to cancel the match.