It has been an intriguing week regarding the possible resumption of IPL 2021 this year. The Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) has been looking for a new window for IPL as soon as the tournament was indefinitely suspended in early May. Several reports have insisted that BCCI is leaning towards having the remaining 31 games of IPL 2021 in the UK.
English media also confirmed that the BCCI is in talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to modify the five-match test series between India and England to open a window for the 2021 IPL. Telegraph reported that BCCI is asking England to reorganize the Old Trafford event that will take place between 10-14 September. This is the final test of the series between two of the best teams in the world.
Meanwhile, Cricbuzz It was also reported later in the week that the ECB has denied negotiations with the BCCI regarding adjustments to the five-game test series between England and India. Even though the schedule is limited in the ICC schedule for this year, BCCI has always insisted that the tournament be completed rather than canceling the tournament. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has previously admitted that they will end up posting losses of Rs 2,500 crore if the tournament is canceled.
Simple solution. Play the First Indian Test a week early. No England Test player could then play all 100, so the India Fringe Test players replace them .. Then the IPL may end .. Good deal overall .. #ENGvIND
– Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 20, 2021
The BCCI may be confident in the improvement of the relationship with the ECB. The county cricket clubs have reportedly offered stadiums to host IPL games, so stadiums will not be a concern for BCCI. However, the ECB would also like BCCI to send Indian players to play at The Hundred. The ECB’s ambitious project will finally start in July this year. The English media have already insisted that the ECB is ready to offer participation in IPL franchises to The Hundred teams and a portion of the Asian streaming revenue to the BCCI in an attempt to bring Indian players to this tournament.
Both boards will have to compromise to find an amicable solution that could potentially change the international calendar next year. If the 2021 IPL is concluded in the UK before the October T-20 World Cup, it is highly likely that Indian players will regularly play in England for the Hundred. It is going to be a true test of determination between the two largest cricket tables in the world.