The Indian team is set to depart for the UK on June 2 to play the summit clash of the World Test Championship and the following five-match Test series against England. Meanwhile, the BCCI is also trying to figure out plans to conduct the remainder of the Indian Premier League that was suspended earlier this month after several players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
The BCCI at any cost wants to complete the tournament this year thus if reports are to be believed, they are in touch with the England Cricket Board to cut short the five-match series between India and England to make a window for the Indian Premier League. If that happens, remainder of the IPL could take place in England. This will also give the English counties an opportunity to make profits.
“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.
Along with England, UAE and Sri Lanka have also emerged as possible venues for staging the T20 extravaganza. The source further added that while England is the prime contender to host the IPL, UAE and Sri Lanka can’t be discounted.
“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.
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