The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is said to have rejected England Cricket Board’s (ECB) request to cancel the fifth and final Test in Manchester, which is set to begin on September 10.
The ECB’s request comes after another member of the Indian camp, assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar, tested positive for Covid-19 on September 9. When Parmar tested positive for Covid, India’s head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar, and physio Nitin Patel were already in isolation following Shastri’s infection during the fourth Test at The Oval.
According to a story in the Times of India, the BCCI argued against the rationale of forfeiting the Test, and “discussions bordered on a severe conflict of viewpoints before issues were settled.”
After Parmar’s positive test result, the Indian team’s practice session on September 9 was cancelled, as was the press conference, which was supposed to be attended by either Virat Kohli or Vikram Rathour.
India is adamant about playing the Test
During the discussions, the Board also spoke with team management and senior players, including India captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who are “in no mood to capitulate even if it means playing the game under the Covid cloud.”
Meanwhile, the BCCI instructed both Kohli and Sharma to “hold their horses” while negotiating with the ECB, which eventually succumbed.
Sourav Ganguly, the president of the BCCI, was unsure whether the procedures would begin. “We don’t know if the match will happen at the moment. Hopefully, we can get some game,” said Sourav Ganguly at the book launch of ‘Mission Domination’ in Kolkata.