(Cricket news) The fifth test match between England Men and India Men of the LV=Insurance Test series has been rescheduled and will now take place in July 2022.
The match was due to take place last month at Old Trafford but was called off when India were unable to field a team due to the further increase in the number of COVID-19 cases inside the camp.
With India leading the series 2-1, the last test 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).
Due to the complex schedule, the fixture cannot be held at Old Trafford owing to clashes with pre-planned events at the same venue, this will leave insufficient time to prepare a Test match pitch. Old Trafford will now host the second Test match against South Africa next summer, starting on August 25, 2022.
Given the rescheduling of the fifth Test, the T20 Series and The ODI series between England and India will now start six days later after the last test match. The T20 series will begin on 7 July at Ageas Bowl as Edgbaston and Trent Bridge will be the other two venues for the T20 which will be held on 9 and 10 July respectively.
The One Day Series starts on 12 July at the Kia Oval. Lord’s will host the 2nd game on 14th July and the series will wrap up at Old Trafford on Sunday 17 July.
Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are very pleased that we have reached an agreement with the BCCI to create a fitting end to what has been a brilliant series so far.
“I’m very grateful to all the venues involved for the cooperation they’ve shown in allowing us to reschedule this match. I’d also like to thank Cricket South Africa for their support and understanding to allow these changes to be possible.
“We would like to apologise again to fans for the disruption and disappointment of September events. We know it was a day that so many had planned long in advance.
“We recognise that accommodating this extra match means a tighter schedule for the white ball series. We will continue to manage our players’ welfare and workloads through next year while we also continue to seek the optimum schedule for fans, players and our partners across the game."
Mr Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI, said: “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 the 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.”
Revised Dates and venues:
- Rescheduled 5th LV= Insurance Test v India, Edgbaston – 1 – 5 July
Vitality IT20 Series v India
- 1st Vitality IT20, Ageas Bowl – 7 July
- 2nd Vitality IT20, Edgbaston – 9 July
- 3rd Vitality IT20, Trent Bridge – 10 July
Royal London Series v India
- 1st Royal London ODI, Kia Oval – 12 July
- 2nd Royal London ODI, Lord’s – 14 July
- 3rd Royal London ODI, Emirates Old Trafford – 17 July
2nd LV= Insurance Test v South Africa, Emirates Old Trafford – 25-29 August