England v India final Test called off over coronavirus fears

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India's backroom staff have returned a number of positive coronavirus tests

India’s backroom staff have returned a number of positive coronavirus tests (Picture: Getty)

The fifth and final Test between England and India has been called off over Covid-19 fears in the tourists’ camp, with the marquee cricket series ending in disappointing circumstances.

India head coach Ravi Shastri tested positive for Covid-19 during the fourth Test and began an isolation period along with three members of support staff.

Assistant physio Yogesh Parmar then tested positive ahead of the fifth Test, which was due to be held at Old Trafford in Manchester, although India’s playing squad all received negative PCR results after being tested on Thursday.

But despite the negative results, a group of India players were uncomfortable with the fifth Test taking place after the Covid-19 scare.

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

‘Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are regrettably unable to field a team.

‘We send our sincere apologies to fans and partners for this news, which we know will cause immense disappointment and inconvenience to many.’

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