IND vs ENG 2021: England to host India in a one-off Test in 2022

Indian captain Virat Kohli and England captain Joe Root
Indian captain Virat Kohli and England captain Joe Root
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India are set to play England in a one-off Test next summer. The development was confirmed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) recently.

According to a report published by ESPNcricinfo, it is not clear whether the Test will be part of the five-match series, which India leads 2-1. The fifth Test of the series, earlier this month, had to be cancelled after a COVID-19 outbreak in the Indian camp.

India are scheduled to tour England next summer to play three ODIs and as many T20Is. Earlier, it was reported that two T20Is might make way for a one-off Test. However, it has now been learnt that a Test will be played in that period without affecting the schedule of the T20I series.

Will the one-off India-England Test serve as the decider of the 5-match series?

It is unclear whether the Test match will be a part of the recent series between the two nations. But the five-day game will help the ECB avert the financial losses it would have incurred had the Test not been staged.

The fifth Test of the Pataudi Trophy was set to take place between September 10-14. However, it was abandoned on the morning of the first day after the tourists expressed their reluctance to take the field following a COVID-19 outbreak in their camp.

Summer 2022.. India vs England 5th Test. #ENGvIND

It all started with head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and physio Nitin testing positive for the virus during the Oval Test. Matters escalated further on the eve of the fifth Test when junior physio Parmar also tested positive for COVID-19.

With Parmar being in close contact with most of the Indian players, a sense of fear and anxiety engulfed the Indian camp. While none of the players tested positive, there was a pervading sense of fear that they might contract it after the incubation period was over. That set the ball rolling for the eventual abandonment of the Test, and the senior players expressed the same to the BCCI.

The BCCI conveyed that to their English counterparts. The ECB reportedly insisted that India forfeit the Test match, which the BCCI refused to do so.

People asking is Test cancelled or postponed.It's not going to be played betwn 10th & 14th. So technically cancelled.Not decided if India will take series 2-1. Which means rescheduling possible.So technically postponed.Chicken came first or the egg? ๐Ÿ™‚#ENGvsIND

If the Test had been forfeited, it would have made the ECB eligible to claim for losses from their Indian counterparts.

The BCCI has instead offered the ECB a one-off Test and two additional T20Is during the 2022 summer, provided the Test won't be a part of the current series.

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