ECB denies the request from BCCI to cut short the England Test series to stage the remaining IPL 2021 season matches. BCCI postponed the IPL 2021 owing to the increase in the COVID19 positive cases inside the bio bubble.
ECB denies the request from BCCI
As things stand, the first Test is scheduled to begin on August 4 and the series to end on September 14. The move is aimed at having a longer window in September to finish the remainder of the IPL season, which was suspended midway due to a growing number of Covid-19 cases among players and staff.
According to ANI, an ECB spokesperson has confirmed that the two cricket boards have been in constant touch as they have been discussing multiple issues.
However, the official also went on to reveal that there have been no official requests from BCCI’s end for re-scheduling the Test series.
In a conversation with ANI, a BCCI official also confirmed the same that the Indian board has not requested ECB to re-schedule the series.
According to Cricbuzz – ECB has denied receiving a request from BCCI to tweak the schedule and they said Five-match Test series will go ahead. #ENGvIND
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IPL 2021 may host by UAE
The UAE is fast emerging as the preferred venue for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 with the backing of the BCCI’s interim CEO Hemang Amin.
The Emirates has already successfully hosted the IPL twice – once in 2014 and the other during the pandemic in 2020 and the teams, players, support staff, administrators and broadcasters are familiar with the protocols and procedures.
It also gives the BCCI no headaches with respect to weather with dry conditions prevailing in September-October which may not be the case in England where rain may play spoilsport.
It is being learned that the BCCI’S interim CEO and also the COO of the IPL, Hemang Amin, has already chalked out two different plans and schedules for the remaining 31 matches of IPL 2021 – one for the UAE and the other for England with the Indian Board very keen to host the marquee league in the window between mid-September and mid-October.