New Delhi: The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is in talks with the English Cricket Board (ECB) to tweak the India-England series so that the IPL could be finished before the start of the T20 World Cup in India. India will face New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) before taking on England England in a five Test match series.
India will start the series against England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on August 4, 2021 which will be followed by matches at Lord’s Leeds, and Oval.
The series will culminate with the last match taking at Manchester on September 10-14, 2021.
BCCI hopes that if the series ends by September 7, the Indian Premier League (IPL) will have a three week window before the T20 World Cup.
However, the ECB is also hosting ‘The Hundred’ tournament and more than 100 matches will be played on the venues which will require a lot of rescheduling on part of the cricket board.
Furthermore, it is still not unsure where the remaining part of the tournament is to take place.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the front runner as it played host to the previous edition with England and Sri Lanka also expected to be interested.
India is in the grip of the second wave of COVID-19 due to which the IPL was postponed on May 4, 2021.
Under the original schedule the tournament was supposed to finish on May 30 with the final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.