The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has called on the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to cut the five-match series planned in England to four tests to create a window for the suspended 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) . IPL-14 was finally postponed after an increase in coronavirus cases among players and support staff.
Following the World Test Championship in Southampton from June 18-22, the Indian test team will remain in England for the series of five tests, scheduled for August 4-September 14.
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Sports star understands that the BCCI, in an informal discussion, had asked the ECB to bring the series forward by one week so that it ends in the first week of September. However, after weighing various options, a BCCI insider confirmed Thursday night that the only option he could explore was to ask one of the counties if they were willing to forgo a test match.
“Since the venues in England are booked taking into account their tight international schedule and The Hundred, it is not possible for them to advance the series. If one of the counties agrees, India will compensate by increasing the number of limited series games next year, ”a BCCI source told the publication.
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With the T20 World Cup set to begin around October 20, it will be impossible for BCCI to carve out a three-week window for the IPL, keeping quarantine protocols in mind. Members of the Indian entourage on the tour, most of whom have been quarantined in Mumbai, hope to have clear information on the route before boarding the flight on June 2.