The Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) is set to receive a major setback by finding a window to IPL 2021. The Indian cricket board was going to test the relationship with the Cricket Board of England and Wales (ECB) in requesting a change to the schedule for the upcoming five-game test series between India and England. According to PTI, the ECB is not interested in changing the dates of the series due to its internal commitments as The Hundred.
After the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in June, India will play five test matches against England. While speaking to PTI, a senior BCCI source expressed pessimism about the ECB’s agreement to make changes to the India tour of England.
“There is no possibility for the ECB to agree to the BCCI’s request to change the dates of the test series. The ECB will have its inaugural ‘Hundred’ from July 24 to August 21. Your streaming agreements and everything is in place. So there is no chance of any change happening. “
BCCI was reportedly going to move the fifth test from September to ensure IPL 2021 has a window before the T-20 World Cup in October. English counties had offered stadiums to host IPL 2021, but recent reports had suggested that UAE is likely to be the destination for the remaining 31 games of the season.
IPL 2021 had been suspended indefinitely in early May due to covid cases on four computers. BCCI had always insisted that the tournament be canceled, but the Indian board will find it difficult to have a window in 2021 to complete the tournament. The main decision about the future of IPL 2021 it is likely to be held during the special general meeting later this week on May 29. As it stands, the chances of the tournament ending before the T-20 World Cup are grim.