BCCI has not formally sought any changes to the test series schedule
- The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that BCCI has not formally accepted the requested changes to India’s five-round series against England to complete the postponed IPL.
- British media reported that BCCI might conduct its first test within a week starting on August 4 so that the 31 remaining matches of the league can be played. However, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) stated that since the Indian counterparts have not yet made any formal change requests, it plans to play according to the original schedule.
- “We regularly discuss a wide range of topics with BCCI, especially when it comes to addressing the challenge of COVID-19, but we have not formally requested to change the date. We will continue to conduct five test series as planned,” the England and Wales Cricket Board spokesperson asked about the time.
- If the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is not completed, BCCI will lose approximately Rs 2500crore in revenue. This year’s IPL was postponed due to reports of COVID-19 in a bio bubble.
- Former England captain and well-known cricket writer Michael Atherton wrote in his “Times” column that BCCI asked if it was possible to conduct the final exams in the UK summer to make room for the delayed IPL. He said that the Board is exploring various options, but the England and Wales Cricket Board has not yet officially resolved it.