The fifth Test between England and India at Old Trafford was dramatically called off on Friday morning hours before the start of play on the first day due to Covid fears in the tourists’ camp.

Discussions had been continuing between the England and Wales Cricket Board and the Board of Control for Cricket in India after India’s assistant physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday.

India’s players subsequently cleared an emergency round of coronavirus testing but concerns were raised about the safety of playing and on Friday morning India said they were unable to field a team.

The ECB confirmed the news in a statement saying: “Following ongoing conversations with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth LV= Insurance Test between England and India Men due to start today at Emirates Old Trafford, will be cancelled.

“Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are regrettably unable to field a team.”

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