The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Friday that the BCCI had not made any official request to change the schedule of the five-Test series against England due to the completion of the postponed IPL.
British media have reported on the possible approach from the BCCI to extend the first Test, which starts on August 4, by a week, with the remaining 31 matches of the league set to take place.
However, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said it plans to follow the original schedule as its Indian teammates have not yet made any official request for change.
“We talk to the BCCI regularly about wide-ranging issues, especially as we face the challenges of Kovid-19 but there is no official request to change the dates and we are continuing to plan for five Test series as per the schedule,” an ECB spokesperson told PTI when asked about a possible change in the schedule.
If the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) is not completed, the BCCI will lose revenue of Rs 2,500 crore.
This year’s edition was recently postponed when COVID-19 cases were reported inside the bio bubble for the league.
Former England captain and legendary cricketer Michael Atherton writes in his column for The Times
The BCCI has inquired about the possibility of moving the English summer final Test to complete the postponed IPL.
When contacted, the BCCI source said the board was definitely exploring options, but the ECB had not been formally contacted.
“The situation is very fluid now. There are options to be explored but the official request has not been sent yet. As Atherton wrote in his column, there are some specific inquiries going on. Who said the inquiry is official information,” a BCCI source said.
The Test series currently ends at Old Trafford. The fifth Test starts on September 10. The game match will attract a large audience and Lancashire County has already started selling tickets.
If India formally requests, the ECB should adjust the window with a series of limited overs series with Pakistan for their ambitious project ‘The Hundred’.
Pakistan will play three ODIs and several Twenty20 internationals between July 8 and 20. One hundred matches will be played between July 23 and August 22.
If the BCCI could persuade the ECB to bring the dates forward, it would be interesting to ask for the participation of Indian cricketers in ‘Hundred’ or to host the rest of the IPL in England – if Quid Pro Quo asked.