New Delhi: It is straight and simple. The England and Wales Cricket Board wasn’t willing to let go of the Test series, while the Board of Control for Cricket in India was equally firm on not forfeiting the fifth Test match at Old Trafford after two wins at Lord’s and Oval. India is ahead 2-1, and that is the whole point of contention.
Joe Root and his men still believe that they can equalise the series in Manchester and stop Virat Kohli from becoming the first captain to win the Test series in Australia and England. Understandably, the BCCI played it smart. BCCI secretary Jay Shah was quick to reschedule the Test — in agreement with ECB — assuring to find an appropriate window to conduct the postponed Test match again.
By not exposing the Indian cricketers to these uncertain times ahead of IPL, BCCI also arranged a safe passage for the Indian cricketers to the middle-east for a few days before hitting the cricket pitch again. The board has killed two birds with one stone by making the ECB, who wasn’t willing to let it go, agree to postpone the Test match. Secondly, the BCCI is ensuring all the players are safe and sound, and so is IPL.
With the players too getting anxious about cross-infection and surrounding hazards, BCCI could have risked the multi-million IPL. The tournament was already postponed midway earlier this year and that too amid the second wave. The BCCI somehow managed to find a window just before the World T20 in the middle-east. Therefore, the BCCI did not want to postpone it again.
Hypothetically speaking, if one player — God forbids — tests positive in the course of the Manchester Test, who would take the responsibility then? The repercussions would be huge. As per the rule, the entire team would have to be quarantined for ten days or so, and the top Indian players — who are captains of different IPL teams — would miss the event. IPL could probably get cancelled again for the second time.
No one can afford that — neither the players nor the BCCI. Even ICC, the world governing body, is going to organize the World T20 right after the IPL. Any sort of disturbance from here on could be catastrophic to the health of world cricket. So, everyone has to be happy.
It is one happy family that IPL is happening. Even the team owners, who are shelling out three times the amount on logistics, are in no mood of complaining. Because they know that money coming from the central pool of IPL revenue is good, so no worries.