Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has given his solution for the IPL 2021 to be held in the UK. This comes after the ECB denied reports of BCCI asking them to alter the schedule of the Test series to fit in the IPL. India play the WTC final from June 18-22 after which the England Test series starts from August 4 in Trent Bridge. The Lord’s, Headingley, Kennington Oval, and Old Trafford are the venues for the other four games. The BCCI request, the reports said, was in view of creating a window to hold the unfinished IPL games in September.
Meanwhile, Michael Vaughan has said that if the teams play the first Test a week earlier than the scheduled date, then both the Test series and the IPL can be happily staged.
Play The First Test A Week Earlier: Michael Vaughan
“Simple solution. Play the First Indian Test a week earlier. No England Test players would then potentially play the 100 so fringe Indian Test players replace them. Then the IPL can finish. Good deal all round,” Vaughan said on Twitter.
Simple solution .. Play the First Indian Test a week earlier .. No England Test players would then potentially play the 100 so Fringe Indian Test players replace them .. Then the IPL can finish .. Good deal all round .. #ENGvIND
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 20, 2021
Test Series To Go As Per Schedule: ECB Official
Meanwhile, an ECB spokesperson confirmed that the Test series will go as per schedule and they are in touch with the BCCI on the impact of COVID.
“We talk to the BCCI on a regular basis 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 scheduled,” an ECB spokesperson told PTI when asked about the possible change in the schedule.
The five-Test series starts with the first match at Nottingham (Aug-4-8), followed by Lord’s (Aug 12-16), Leeds (Aug 25-29), Oval (Sep 2-6) and Manchester (Sep 10-14).
Meanwhile, the BCCI CEO Hemang Amin is in favor of the remaining game being played in the UAE with him having logical reasons for the same as well.