According to a report, India may play a Test match in England next year. A Test match could replace the fifth Test at Old Trafford in Manchester, which was canceled after being unable to field an eleven after the Indian team’s assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar tested positive for COVID-19 .It is understood that it has been agreed to keep a place in England’s schedule for Tests in 2022.
One Test is likely to complete the 2021 Test series, with India currently leading 2-1. It also said that earlier discussions included the possibility of replacing one Test with two T20Is. With India already scheduled to tour England next year as part of the white-ball tour, it would have been more appropriate for the visitors. The report also said that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has received a proposal from Cricket Australia (CA) on their plans for tourists during the Ashes starting in Brisbane from December 8.
While the details of the plans are unclear, it is understood that the schedule, which includes details on quarantine arrangements and bio-secure bubbles during travel, is better than what was feared. It also means less chances of a comeback from the England team for the Ashes.