Indian Team Tests COVID Negative, 5th Test Match vs England To Go On: Reports

According to PTI, the Indian players in the squad had tested negative for COVID-19.

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The fifth and final Test match between India and England to be played at Manchester from Friday, 10 September, will go ahead as scheduled after all the Indian players in the squad tested negative for COVID-19, PTI reported late on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, there were reports of a meeting between the Indian cricket board and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to discuss whether the fifth Test should go ahead after one more member of the Indian support staff -- assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar -- had reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

"The ECB and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are involved in a meeting at the moment," a BCCI source had told IANS on Thursday evening, the eve of the Test.


The meeting, the source added, was being held to discuss whether it would be feasible to host the fifth and final Test due to the emergence of the latest Covid-19 positive.

Earlier in the week, other members of the coaching staff -- head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar -- had tested positive for Covid-19 and were sent into isolation.

India lead the five-Test series 2-1 after winning the second Test at Lord's by 151 runs and the fourth Test at The Oval by 157 runs.

England had won the third Test at Headingley by an innings and 76 runs.

(With inputs from IANS)

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