The fifth and final test on the series was canceled just hours before the game was to begin, following a coronavirus attack in an Indian camp.
The fifth test between England and India was canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis inside the Indian camp, England and the Wales Cricket Board have announced, just hours before the game at Old Trafford begins.
“Following the discussions that took place with BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India], The ECB could confirm that the fifth Test between England and India Men is due to start today at the Emirates Old Trafford, is over, “the statement said Friday.
“Given the growing fear of COVID cases within the camp, it is unfortunate that India is unable to field a team.”
Earlier the ECB stated in a statement that India had lost the match but later withdrew.
India climbed 2-1 in the semi-finals but the test was called into question on Thursday after their medical expert Yogesh Parmar claimed he had a coronavirus.
As a result, the entire Indian party was forced to separate from their hotel in Manchester, and to cancel their final academic session and a compulsory hearing session before Thursday.
Indian director Ravi Shastri has been diagnosed with the fourth test at The Oval and has been isolated.
Bowling coach Bharath Arun, assistant R Sridhar and senior gymnast Nitin Patel were also tested.
Reports say several Indian players were concerned about the spread of the virus and did not want to play, meaning that India could not produce a team.
“We offer our sincere apologies to the fans and allies for this, which we know may offend many people,” the ECB said.