The BCCI’s bid to shift the five-Test series between India and England, beginning August 4, by every week as a way to accommodate the remaining 31 IPL video games has not met with any favourable response from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). While BCCI didn’t make any formal request as it was confirmed by the ECB spokesperson, it’s learnt that the casual discussions between the bigwigs of each boards haven’t yielded any beneficial end result.
“There is no chance of ECB acceding to BCCI’s request of shifting the dates of the Test series. Since they have made their stand point clear informally, I don’t think there is any point of making a formal request,” a senior BCCI supply within the know of issues informed PTI.
“The ECB have their inaugural ‘Hundred’ from July 24 to August 21. Their broadcast deals and everything is in place. So there is no chance of any shift happening,” the supply stated.
Indian crew is a possible hole of six weeks after the completion of World Test Championship closing towards New Zealand which is scheduled from June 18-22 in Southampton and begin of the England collection.
The five-Test collection begins with first match in Nottingham (Aug-4-8), adopted by Lord’s (Aug 12-16), Leeds (Aug 25-29), Oval (Sep 2-6) and Manchester (Sep 10-14).
However, a possible begin within the final week of July, with lesser gaps between the Tests would open the complete month of September wherein BCCI can now full the IPL within the UAE between September 15 to October 15.
Former England captain Michael Atherton had in truth hinted that ECB will not hearken to BCCI’s request.
“At this late stage it is hard to see the ECB acceding to any potential change and it is expected to hold its ground,” Atherton wrote in ‘The Times’.
“The fifth Test of the India series is due to be held at Emirates Old Trafford between September 10-14.
Lancashire have already pre-sold three full days, and with a fair wind between now and then, would expect to sell the match out completely.
“Moving the sport at this late stage to earlier within the season would create logistical complications for Lancashire, the ECB and the England crew, to not say these spectators who’ve spent cash and deliberate to attend,” he reasoned in his article.
The BCCI, it is learnt, has already started talks with various boards about the window between September 15 to October 15 with UAE being almost zeroed in as the destination like 2020 edition.
“In case of World T20, the BCCI will not take a name now however for all sensible causes and an anticipated third wave, the possibilities of the worldwide occasion taking place within the UAE publish IPL seems like a definite chance,” the supply stated.
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