India tour of England 2022: The recently cancelled final test match between England and India at Manchester due to sudden covid-19 outburst in the Indian camp was on Friday, 22nd October, rescheduled to be conducted next year in July, confirmed ECB in a statement.
After India’s three senior support staff, assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar also tested covid positive which led the Indian cricketer to back out from the final match due to fear of the dreaded virus. The fifth test match which was supposed to be held at Manchester was indefinitely postponed as team India were unable to field a team.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in its recent release confirmed that the test match has now moved to Edgbaston from Manchester and will be played out from July 1, 2022.
“The fifth match between England Men and India Men has been rescheduled and will now take place in July 2022,” said ECB.
Virat Kohli and his men were in the driving seat in the five matches test series with a lead of 2-1 in four matches.
“With India leading the series 2-1, the concluding fifth match will now take place from July 1, 2022, at Edgbaston, following an agreement between the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI),” ECB added.
The rescheduled test match will begin on 1st July post which India and England will lock horns for the T20I and ODI series of three matches apiece. The T20Is will bein on 7th July while the ODI series is slated to begin on 12th July.
The ECB earlier wanted the forfeited final test match to be held standalone while the BCCI were of a secondary thought and wanted the final test match to go as the decider of the series.
“I am delighted that the England-India Test series will now have its rightful conclusion. The four-Test matches were riveting, and we needed a fitting finale.
“The BCCI recognizes and respects the traditional form of the game and is also mindful of its role and obligations towards fellow Board Members. In the last two months, both BCCI and the ECB have been engaged in discussions and our efforts were aimed at finding a suitable window. I thank the ECB for their understanding and patience in finding an amicable solution,” said BCCI secretary Jai Shah.
The English cricket board further assured the ticket holders that the validity of the passes will be extended and they can visit Edgbaston with the same pass to watch the final test match, however, if anyone is unable to attend the match, then he will be given a refund.
Revised schedule England vs India, July 2022:
|Rescheduled 5th Test||1-5 July||Edgbaston|
|1st T20I||7 July||Ageas Bowl|
|2nd T20I||9 July||Edgbaston|
|3rd T20I||10 July||Trent Bridge|
|1st ODI||12 July||The Oval|
|2nd ODI||14 July||Lord’s|
|3rd ODI||17 July||Old Trafford|