The Indian Premier League is one of the most prominent cricket tournaments, not just for the fans, but the BCCI as well, as they make huge profits from the league. The 2021 edition of IPL was postponed amidst the Coronavirus chaos and BCCI is set to suffer huge losses if it doesn’t get completed this year. The board is continuously figuring out plans to complete the T20 extravaganza before the T20 World Cup and they see a window in September. However, the Indian team will be in England, playing the five-match Test series against the hosts.
The board now wants the England Cricket Board to reschedule the England – India Tests to make a window for the IPL. Few reports suggested that BCCI has requested the ECB to start the Test series a week before the originally planned date of August 4. The board wants the Test series to conclude before September 7 so that a window for the IPL can be created. The final Test is currently scheduled to end on September 14. However, the ECB has denied receiving any such request from the BCCI. A clear update on the issue is likely to come by the end of day.
“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,” a spokesman for the ECB said, as quoted by Cricbuzz.
Currently, England is the prime contender to host the remainder of IPL but a BCCI source has confirmed that the board is also considering UAE and Sri Lanka as options.
“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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