London: Former opener Mark Butcher believes that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) should have accepted the BCCI’s request to change the schedule of the Test series for the remaining matches of the IPL (Indian Premier League), because This would have given him a chance to include the top Indian players in his ‘Hundred’ tournament.
ECB missed a huge opportunity
The Indian board informally requested to end the five-match Test series between India and England starting a week before August 4 to host the remaining matches of the IPL but received a favorable response from the ECB Not found Butcher said in the ‘Wisden Cricket Weekly Podcast’, ‘I would like to take a deep breath before speaking anything. I think we missed a big chance.
ECB could benefit from BCCI
Butcher said that accepting the request could have given the ECB the benefit of including top Indian cricketers like Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in their flagship project ‘The Hundred’ tournament. The former 48-year-old, who has played 71 Tests for England, said, “The ECB is absolutely desperate for it (The Hundred).” They should also be, they have made a big bet on ‘The Hundred’, but at every turn it seems that one big power is not allowing it to happen. ‘
Kohli-Dhoni was needed for ‘The Hundred’
Butcher said, ‘For this the ECB had this opportunity. He should have told the BCCI that we will agree with a condition on finishing the Test series a week in advance. It is a condition that for three years from the 2022 season, we should be allowed to sign a three-year contract with Kohli, Dhoni or whatever Indian player wants to play in ‘The Hundred’. ‘The Hundred’ is a 100-ball per team match whose initial season was to be played last year but was postponed due to Kovid-19. Eight male and eight female teams will participate in it.
When will the IPL be played?
Butcher said, ‘You had a chance to do something for this for the first time. Obviously, the BCCI will suffer a big loss due to lack of time for the remaining matches of the IPL. You (ECB) would have had a chance to say that the IPL is happening because of us and in such a situation you could have got something from them that you need a lot. ‘ According to a BCCI official, the IPL will start in the UAE from 18 or 19 September and 10 double-header (two matches a day) matches will be played over the course of three weeks.