January 26, 2022

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BCCI and ECB to reschedule test series schedule ? A September window for IPL 2021 ?

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Team India and New Zealand ready to conquer in final of world Test Championship in ages Bowl Southampton. Later, India have a month window to prepare for test series against England.

Read more : Team India’s Squad for World Test Championship final and England Test series

Five match test series between India and England are scheduled to play across five venus will start from 4th August. First test match of this series will be played at Nottingham. Last test match between sides will play from 10th of September while it will end on 14th September. After that team India have only 20-25 days window to prepare T20 World Cup.

India's tour of England

Test Number Test Date Venue
1 Test championship Final 18-22 june The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
2 India v England, 1st test 04-08 August Trent Bridge, Nottingham
3 India v England, 2nd test 12-16 August Lord's, London
4 India v England, 3rd test 25-29 August Headingley, Leeds
5 India v England, 4th test 02-06 September the Ovel, London
6 India v England, 5th test 10-14 September Old Trafford, Manchester

India and England series to prepone

Board of control for cricket in India (BCCI) asked England cricket board to prepone the test series. IPL management and BCCI bodies wants test series to start on week earlier from his original schedule. If series starts from 20-30th July then last test will end 3-5 September. If This happened, BCCI and IPL management can arrange the remaining 31 Matches of Indian premier league (IPL).

Probabilities to host IPL and T20 World Cup ?

CricActivity understands, BCCI want to conduct remaining IPL in UAE like last season. UAE has best hotel facilities and less air travel. To maintain strong covid-19 bio bubble, it is important to restrict air travel. CricActivity also understands, BCCI to conduct T20 world cup this year in UAE. After completion of Indian Premier League, players can directly interact with their national teams to T20 world cup.

BCCI and IPL management has enquired about the possibility to move the final Test of the England and India in order to make room to complete the postponed Indian Premier League. Informal discussions have been had between the respective boards as cricket continues to grapple with a schedule ravaged by Covid-19

ECB is not likely to change original schedule, according to one of reporter

At this late stage it is hard to see the ECB acceding to any potential change and it is expected to hold its ground. The fifth Test of the India series is due to be held at Emirates Old Trafford between September 10-14. Lancashire have already pre-sold three full days, and with a fair wind between now and then, would expect to sell the match out completely.

A look at top overseas performers from IPL 2021. Moving the game at this late stage to earlier in the season would create logistical headaches for Lancashire, the ECB and the England team, not to say those spectators who have spent money and planned to attend. It is easy to understand why India would enquire to see if the schedule can change. They complete the World Test Championship final against New Zealand on June 22 and are not due to play the first Test against England until the first week of August, six weeks after the final. From India’s perspective, it would suit them to move the end of the Test series to an earlier date at the end of July, to allow more space for a completion of the IPL in September.