England v India: IPL to not blame for Take a look at cancellation – Tom Harrison

Jack Leach

Jack Leach, who has not played in the series, leaves Emirates Old Trafford following the cancellation

The cancellation of the fifth England-India Test is not linked to the rescheduled Indian Premier League, says England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison.

The game at Emirates Old Trafford was called off before the start on Friday after cases of Covid-19 among the India backroom team.

The IPL resumes on 19 September.

“This is not a situation which has been created by the rescheduled IPL,” said Harrison.

“I fundamentally do not believe that for a second.”

India head coach Ravi Shastri tested positive for Covid-19 during the fourth Test, forcing three other members of staff into isolation.

A further member of the support staff tested positive on Thursday, and the fifth Test was called off two hours before the scheduled 11:00 BST start.

The IPL, which was postponed in May amid a rise of coronavirus cases in India, will resume in the United Arab Emirates.

The Board of Control…