India And England To Play One-off Test In 2022?
By CricShots - Sep 25, 2021 5:07 pm
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According to the latest reports of ESPNCricinfo, Indian and England cricket boards have agreed to play one Test in 2022 which likely will replace the 5th Test of the series which was abandoned after the final Test at Old Trafford was called off earlier this month. The report further added that it is yet to be ascertained whether the match will be a standalone one or will be part of the series in which India leads 2-1.

Team India
Team India

The fifth Test between India and England was canceled amid a chaotic turn of events as the ECB’s statement regarding the same read that the visitors changed from “unable to field a team and will instead forfeit the match” to “regrettably unable to field a team”.

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India are 2-1 ahead and were not officially declared winners of the series simply because there was a chance of the fifth Test being played next year during the window in July next year when the team visits for a six-match ODI and T20Is series.

England team

Ever since the Indian cricketer refused to play despite testing negative, there had been a lot of closed-room talks between the two boards. Reportedly, there was also talk of India playing additional two T20Is during their scheduled limited-overs tour of the UK next year in place of the abandoned Test which has resulted in significant financial damages to the ECB.

The couple of T20Is would have helped in offsetting the loss but as of now, the BCCI and ECB have agreed to when the Test will be played and in all probability, should serve as the finale to the five-match series which India lead 2-1.

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Questions were raised surrounding the events leading to India deciding not to take the field in Manchester after a spurt of covid cases in their camp starting with head coach Ravi Shastri. The touring team feared that there could be a further spread of the virus.