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Last month, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had made it clear that the rescheduled match would be an extension of the series and not a standalone game.
The fifth and final Test between India and England, which was suspended due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the visitors’ camp last month, was on Friday rescheduled to July next year.
The England and Wales Cricket Board announced that the game has been moved to Edgbaston from Manchester and will be part of India’s white-ball tour. The match will be held from July 1.
“With India leading the series 2-1, the concluding fifth match will now take place from July 1, 2022, at Edgbaston, following an agreement between the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI),” said the ECB in a statement.
As a result of the rescheduling, the T20I and the ODI series between England and India have also been pushed back by six days. The T20I series will begin instead on July 7 at Ageas Bowl while the ODI series will now start on July 12 at the Oval.
“Ticket holders do not have to take any action as all tickets will remain valid for the equivalent rearranged matchday at their host venue.
“Host venues will communicate the new fixture details to ticket purchasers and the options available to them, including the timeframe for requesting a refund if they are not able to attend the new match day,” the ECB added.
To resolve the issue, the BCCI had offered to play two extra T20Is or a Test match when they visit the UK in 2022, and both the boards now seem to have reached a middle ground.
“We want the series to be completed as this will be our first series win (in England) since 2007,” Ganguly had said.
India was leading 2-1 when the match was called off after the visiting players refused to step onto the field following positive COVID-19 cases among its support staff, including head coach Ravi Shastri.