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ECB Denies Receiving Request From BCCI

Denied Receiving A Request From The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)

ECB Denied

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has flatly denied receiving a request from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to change the five-Test series’ timetable.

“We talk to the BCCI regularly 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,”

BCCI Proposal

The BCCI proposed the change to offer a window in September for the Indian Premier League (IPL) games that had still to be completed. The five Tests were originally slated to take place between August 4 and September 14 at Nottingham, Lord’s, Leeds, the Oval, and Old Trafford.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India has enquired about the possibility of moving the final Test of the English summer to make room to complete the postponed Indian Premier League.”

“The request puts the ECB in a tricky position, stuck between the rock of wanting to maintain good relations with the most powerful cricket nation as well as being as flexible and helpful as possible given the postponement of the game’s most financially lucrative competition, and the hard place of not impacting on their own carefully planned domestic schedule. At this late stage, it is hard to see the ECB acceding to any potential change and it is expected to hold its ground,”

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