Rescheduled Manchester Test would be a one-off match, not a series decider: ECB CEO

After the game was formally called off less than three hours before the toss on Friday morning, the ECB and BCCI will try to reschedule the cancelled fifth Test at Old Trafford, according to the BCCI (September 10).

The tourists had forfeited the Test, according to the initial ECB statement, which confirmed the match had been cancelled due to Indian “fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp.” However, the ECB soon backtracked and revised the statement. The ECB then announced that talks on the game’s outcome were still ongoing.

The BCCI issued a statement following the cancellation of the match, stating that they are working with the ECB to reschedule the match. The match, though, will be a one-off Test rather than a series decider, according to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) CEO Tom Harrison.

“No, I believe it is a unique scenario. We’ve been given a couple more alternatives, and we’ll have to look into them “, Harrison stated when asked if it would be a stand-alone game or a series decider.

Teams can opt out of a match if COVID has a major influence on their ability to field a team, according to the WTC competition rules. Given that none of India’s 20-strong playing contingent has contracted the virus, they appear to be in a tricky position. If the ECB accepts that argument, the series might be divided into four matches, with the points calculated on a percentage basis. If the ECB does not agree, the result may be challenged in front of a Dispute Resolution Committee.

“That’s not one for today,” Harrison responded when questioned about the series’ outcome. “Today is all about making sure we’ve covered everything in terms of what happened, why it happened, and where we stand in terms of the immediate turn. Soon, thoughts will turn to that. That is not a decision for us to make; it is a decision for the International Cricket Council to consider in the context of the World Test Championship.”