New Delhi: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) did not make an official request to change the schedule of the five-Test series against England to host the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL). is. This means that no changes will be made in the schedule of the India-England Test series.
According to British media reports, the BCCI wants to shift the series starting on August 4, a week in advance, so that the remaining 31 matches of the IPL can be organized.
ECB made a big disclosure
However, the ECB said that they will organize this series as per the pre-determined schedule as the Indian board has not yet made an official request for change.
A spokesperson of the ECB told PTI about the possible change in the schedule, ‘We are regularly discussing various issues with the BCCI especially when we are facing challenges related to Kovid-19 but the match dates change No official request has been made and we will organize a series of five matches as per the previous schedule.
BCCI officially did nothing
If the remaining matches of IPL 2021 are not held, the BCCI will suffer a loss of Rs 2500 crore. It was postponed due to the Covid-19 case being found in the league’s bio-safe environment.
Former England captain and cricket writer Michael Atherton wrote in his column in ‘The Times’ that the BCCI has asked about the possibility of a change in the schedule of the fifth Test match to complete the IPL tournament.
When contacted by the BCCI about this, the sources in the board said that they are considering several options but the ECB has not been officially contacted.
BCCI sources said, ‘We are considering several options but an official request has not been made yet. Obviously, information is being taken as Atherton has written in his column. Who said that taking information means official dialogue ‘.
The Test series will end at Old Trafford. The fifth and final Test match will begin on 10 September. If India makes an official request, the ECB will have to make changes in the schedule of its ambitious competition ‘The Hundred’ in addition to the limited overs series against Pakistan.