In a surprising turn of events, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is in talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to truncate the upcoming five-match Test series into four matches in order to stage the reminder of IPL 2021. This will help the board to recover from a huge financial loss.
The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League was supended owing to an outbreak of the disease. The IPL 2021 bio bubble was breached as many players tested positive during the second leg of the tournament. Firstly, the reports of KKR players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier testing positive emerged and then CSK bowling coach Balaji and a member from the travel staff also caught the infection.
Indian cricket to resume with the WTC Final against New Zealand
Now, cricket will be back with the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) Final, which will be played between India and New Zealand. Following this, India will clash with England for a crucial five-match Test series, starting August.
However, according to reports, the BCCI is looking for a window in September to stage IPL 2021 and the likely venues for the tournament are Sri Lanka, England and the UAE. Since the majority of the Indian players will be in England during the proposed window, England has emerged as the preferred venue. Moreover, the counties in England have reported a massive loss of more than 1 million pounds.
The most preferred window for IPL 2021 will be after the England series and before the T20 World Cup
Thus, the conduction of IPL 2021 in England will also help these counties to recover financially and will also help the ECB and the BCCI. After this window, there is no window available with the T20 World Cup in October-November followed by the historic Ashes in Australia and then every nation has a packed schedule.
“BCCI and the ECB are in discussions to tweak the five-Test series. Details of those discussions aren’t public yet. But in whichever manner the ECB agrees to tweak the Test series, they will want the IPL in England because the counties can earn from it. There’ll be a good chance of a quid pro quo,” the source in the know said according to the Times of India.
“Only if costs are escalating to a point where it starts affecting stakeholders, the BCCI will consider the UAE as the second option for the IPL. On that front, we aren’t even discounting the idea of hosting the IPL in Sri Lanka,” the sources further added.