BCCI urges ECB to adjust Test schedule for IPL 2021 resumption window: Report
India is all set to travel to England for a five-Test series for the Pataudi Trophy in August. Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India desperately looks for a window to wrap up the now-postponed 2021 Indian Premier League.
The Indian cricket team is all focused on its international commitment, as it travels to England for Test duties. While it would take on England next month in the final of the ICC World Test Championship in Southampton, it would be followed by a five-Test series for the Pataudi Trophy in August.
Team India is currently on an unexpected break after the Indian Premier League 2021 was postponed indefinitely owing to multiple breaches in its team bio-bubbles due to COVID-19. Consequently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India desperately looks for a window to adjust the remainder of the tournament and finish it.
It is being contemplated that the same could be done in September -October, right before the ICC World T20 in October-November. On the same note, BCCI has urged England and Wales Cricket Board to reschedule the Test series somewhat and bring it ahead by a week so that a proper window for IPL 2021 resumption is made.
As of now, the Test series is scheduled to run from August 4 to September 14. If the series gets over by September 7, it will give BCCI around three weeks to wrap up IPL 2021. However, according to ESPNCricinfo, ECB has said that BCCI has put in no official request as of now.
In the meantime, rescheduling the series could somewhat disrupt other plans of ECB, especially regarding the highly-anticipated The Hundred tournament, set to run between July 21 to August 21. ECB might also have to offer explanations to the counties and fans who have already bought tickets for the Test series.
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