Fifth Test cancelled due to India players’ refusal: Ganguly

The Old Trafford Test was cancelled last Friday barely two hours before its scheduled start as the tourists, who were leading the series 2-1, failed to field a side after their physiotherapist tested positive for COVID-19. “The players refused to play but you can’t blame them,” BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly said.

Rohit could be white-ball skipper after T20 WC

Virat Kohli, who currently leads the team across all formats and is India’s most successful captain ever, is learned to have taken the call to share leadership responsibilities with Rohit Sharma, BCCI sources told TOI. Kohli has had prolonged discussions with Sharma and the team management over the last few months, particularly after Team India’s triumph in Australia, one that coincided with Kohli becoming a father.

With 2 lakh ICU beds, govt readies for post-festive Covid-19 surge

Over two lakh ICU beds, with 50% of them assisted with ventilators, are being earmarked for Covid-19 patients as the government gears up for a likely spike in infections in the wake of festival season, officials said. Around 40,000 additional beds with ventilators in ICUs are being added as part of the large-scale augmentation of Covid-health infrastructure across the country.

Live: Farmers call off protest in Karnal

The Haryana government on Saturday ordered a probe into last month’s clash between farmers and police and sent the IAS officer at the centre of a row between the two sides on leave. Following this, the farmers have called off their protest outside the Karnal district headquarters. The probe will be conducted by a retired judge. Stay with TOI for all the latest updates:

Covid live: Active cases account for 1.18% of total cases

India reports 33,376 Covid-19 cases, 32,198 recoveries and 308 deaths in last 24 hours, as per health ministry. The total cases in the country has reached 3,32,08,330, of which 3,91,516 are active cases. Total recoveries in the country are 3,23,74,497 and death toll stands at 4,42,317. Stay with TOI for latest updates:

Live: Pak to resume commercial flights to Kabul

The United Nations chief says all countries should engage with the Taliban and deliver the same message: The Afghan people should live in peace under an inclusive government that respects basic human rights including for women and girls, and Afghanistan should not be a sanctuary for terrorism anymore and should play a constructive role in international relations. Stay with TOI for all updates:

Delhi-NCR rain live: Waterlogging at IGI Terminal 3, several flights diverted

Heavy rains lashed the national capital Saturday morning, leaving the forecourt of the Delhi airport and other parts of the city waterlogged. The Delhi airport said on Twitter that there was waterlogging at the forecourt for a short period. “Our team was immediately aligned to look into it and the issue has been resolved.” Stay with TOI for latest updates