Lancashire Cricket Club has begun the process of refunding tens of thousands of tickets after today’s fifth and final test between England and India was cancelled just hours before play was due to begin.

The tourists said they are unable to field a team due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp. It has been reported that an Indian coach tested positive on Wednesday, although the players are all believed to have tested negative on Thursday.

Tens of thousands of tickets will be refunded due to the decision, with The Daily Telegraph claiming it will cost English cricket in the region of £20m.

Lancashire Cricket Club, which owns the 21,000-capacity Emirates Old Trafford, said all ticket and hospitality buyers that have purchased tickets for the match will be automatically refunded the full face value of their tickets or hospitality package only in the coming weeks. Hospitality areas will be open today until 2pm.

In a statement, the ECB said: “We send our sincere apologies to fans and partners for this news, which we know will cause immense disappointment and inconvenience to many. Further information will be shared in due course.”

Read more at TheStadiumBusiness.