The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has denied all the reports claiming the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) requesting ECB to tweak the five-match Test series against India for the conduction of the reminder of IPL 2021. The series is scheduled to start on August 4 in Nottingham and the tour will then progress to The Lord’s, Headingley, The Oval before ending in Manchester.
As per the latest report in Cricbuzz, the ECB has stated the tour will go as planned because the BCCI hasn’t made any formal request. All those reports circulating in both the English as well as the Indian media, have been quashed.
ECB denies all the reports
Earlier, there were reports regarding the tweaking of India-England series as the BCCI wanted to create a larger window for the remaining half of IPL 2021. However, there were a lot of logistical hurdles for the ECB to accept BCCI’s request. However, the ECB has denied all the reports have reinstated that the tour will go ahead as planned.
“We talk to the BCCI on a regular basis about a wide range of issues especially as we address the challenges of Covid-19, but have had no official request to change dates and are continuing to plan for the five Test series as is scheduled,” an ECB spokesperson was quoted as saying on Thursday, May 20, reported by Cricbuzz.
Reports had stated that BCCI wanted a larger window for IPL 2021
As per the earlier reports, the BCCI was looking for a window in September, before the T20 World Cup to conduct the IPL 2021. However, there was no confirmation about this move from either of the boards. Some of the marquee English cricketers had signed up to play the tournament before the Test series against India. However, with reports emerging about BCCI’s request to reschedule the series a week earlier, the fame of ‘The Hundred’ will come under jeopardy.