An intense 24-hour drama that began on Thursday with a support staffer of the Indian team testing positive in Manchester, ended on Friday morning with the ultimate Test of the five-match series between India and England being called off.
Senior Team India members, who had cancelled their pre-match training on Thursday after assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar tested positive, went into self-imposed quarantine, got repeated RT-PCR tests done, and refused to require field subsequent day, saying was an excessive amount of a worry for them to specialise in the cricket.
The BCCI decided to face its players and conveyed this to the Britain & Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Thus, the world’s most powerful cricket board flexed its muscles to settle the difficulty, for now.
ECB first released a press release saying India had “forfeited” the match, then suddenly changed the status of the match to “cancelled”.
A forfeiture would have meant the series ending during a 2-2 draw. The series now stays 2-1 in India’s favour, with the choice of playing a “rescheduled” Test whenever the chance arises.