The Indian Cricket Team is all set to travel to England on June 2 for a three-month long summer of Test cricket. For that, the Virat Kohli-led side has assembled in Mumbai Hotel for a hard 14-days quarantine, which will help them train from day 4 in Southampton. The Indian team will play the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) Final against New Zealand, starting June 18, followed by a five-match Test series against England.
However, according to reports, the BCCI is in talks with the ECB for tweaking the five-match Test series a week earlier. This will provide a larger window for the BCCI to conduct the reminder of IPL 2021, which was suspended owing to a COVID-19 outbreak. Recently, the BCCI reported a probable INR 2,500 crore and they are looking for ways to mitigate the massive loss.
If the Test series against India is scheduled a week earlier, the marquee players from England will miss The Hundred
One such way is by rescheduling the five-match Test series a week earlier, which will give the BCCI a larger window before the T20 World Cup. However, there lies a major hurdle – ECB’s tight schedule. The ECB had launched a new tournament ‘The Hundred’ last year, but due to the pandemic, it had to be rescheduled. This year, the tournament will take place in late June and the ECB have made its marquee players available for the tournament. Now, if the Test series against India is scheduled a week earlier, the marquee players from England will miss the tournament.
Michael Vaughan offers a ‘simple solution’ for both the boards
Thus, Michael Vaughan had offered a ‘simple solution’ for both the boards to overcome losses. He wrote: “Simple solution. Play the First Indian Test a week earlier. No England Test players would then potentially play the 100 so fringe Indian Test players replace them. Then the IPL can finish. Good deal all round.”
It’s like if you’re looking after my interests, then it’s my responsibility to look after your interests: Aakash Chopra
Former Indian cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra threw his support behind Vaughan and was impressed by his idea. On his YouTube channel, he said, “In this testing times, no board can cover their losses single-handedly. Every board has to support each other. India decided to tour Sri Lanka and increase their matches, only to help the Sri Lankan board recover from their losses.”
“I liked Vaughan’s suggestion a lot. It’s like if you’re looking after my interests, then it’s my responsibility to look after your interests. If you reschedule the series a week earlier, then we will release out fringe players to play ‘The Hundred’. Till now, no Indian player has participated in foreign leagues, for this one tournament we will make an exception,” Chopra said.