The five-game test series between India and England will begin on August 4.
Team India is scheduled to depart for England on June 2 where they will begin their tour with the World Testing Championship final against New Zealand from June 18. But then they will stay in the UK even without playing much in July for the scheduled five-game test series against the home side from August 4.
Meanwhile, the BCCI is also seeking to postpone the Indian Premier League (IPL) which had to be suspended earlier this month after positive cases of COVID in the bio-bubble of various teams. England, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates have emerged as options to finish the tournament according to various reports.
If the IPL is to be contested in England, the BCCI will have roughly a window of a few weeks with the T20 World Cup which will be played in October-November later this year in India or the United Arab Emirates (save location) . With around 31 games remaining, the two week window is very small.
Rest of the 2021 IPL in England?
For the same reason, it is understood that the BCCI and the England and the Wales Cricket Board (BCE) are in talks to refine the next round of five-game tests between India and England. Additionally, if the series is shortened, the ECB would want the IPL to occur in England to cover the county losses.
“The BCCI and the ECB are in discussions to refine the series of five tests. Details of these discussions are not yet public. But however the ECB agrees to polish the test series, they will want the IPL in England because the counties can benefit from it. There will be a good chance of a match, ”the informed source told The Times of India.
The sources even said that England remained the first option for the IPL, but the UAE and Sri Lanka could not be ruled out either. “Only if costs increase to the point where it starts to affect stakeholders, BCCI will consider UAE as the second option for IPL. On this front, we are not even ruling out the idea of hosting the IPL in Sri Lanka, ”the sources added.
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