India and England to play ‘abandoned’ Manchester Test in the summer of 2022

In the summer of 2022, England and India have announced arrangements to play a Test match in England. The match will take the place of the fifth Test, which was called off earlier this month at Old Trafford.

It is unclear if the encounter will be a stand-alone game or part of a series that began in August, but it will let the ECB avoid the majority of the financial losses experienced as a result of the Manchester cancellation. It could also prevent additional discussions between the ECB and the BCCI over the reasons for the abandonment and who should be held accountable.

The notion of the Test being replaced by two T20Is had been discussed previously. It may have been more convenient for the guests if India was already in the UK as part of a limited-overs trip.

However, it is understood that a slot in the schedule has been arranged for the Test, which is expected to conclude the series, which India presently leads 2-1. Only three times has India won a Test series in England: in 1971, 1986, and 2007. Instead of a Test, the BCCI volunteered to play two extra T20I matches to assist the ECB in recouping their losses. The ECB appears to have ultimately decided to play the Test. There are still some decisions to be made, especially because there are World Test Championship points on the line.

Cricket Australia (CA) has also submitted a proposal to the ECB outlining its plans for England during the Ashes series. While the specifics are unknown at this time, it is understood that the plans – which include details of quarantine precautions as well as the demand for bubbles during the trip – are better than anticipated. As a result, there are likely to be fewer England squad dropouts than previously anticipated.