However, the first edition of The Hundred is set to start on July 22. ECB have planned for the key Test players to play the first week of the Hundred to give the tournament a boost. If the India Test series is rescheduled, that would not be possible.
The New Indian Express, meanwhile, reported that the BCCI has asked the ECB to cut down the final Test if they cannot start the series early. The BCCI has said it would compensate by playing more matches in 2022, when the team tours for a white ball series.
India arrive in England on June 2, and will play New Zealand in the ICC World Test Championship final from June 18 to 22 in Southampton. After that, they do not have any international games in England till August, which gives them a six week window.
ECB will take into consideration logistical challenges before taking a decision, given ticket sales for the matches have already started.
There is no clarity on where the rescheduled IPL, if it happens, will take place. While the UAE hosted the IPL in 2020, the United Kingdom could be BCCI’s top choice for the rescheduled tournament this year. The English counties have expressed interest in hosting the tournament.
The IPL was suspended because of rising COVID-19 cases within the bio bubbles. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly then said that the rest of the tournament cannot happen in India.
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