India offer to play two extra T20 internationals instead of fifth Test
India offer to play two extra T20 internationals in England next summer to make up for fifth Test cancellation due to Covid concerns
- India have offered to play two extra T20 internationals in England next summer
- The offer would be instead of, not as well as, the rescheduled fifth Test
- The Old Trafford Test was cancelled last week due to Covid concerns over India
The BCCI have offered to play two extra T20 internationals in England next summer following the last-minute cancellation of the fifth Test in Manchester because of Covid concerns in the Indian camp.
However, the offer —designed to help ease a potential shortfall of £40million in English cricket’s already stretched budget — would be instead of, not as well as, the rescheduled Test. The offer of a rescheduled Test still stands.
The ECB are understood to be considering the move as they seek to mitigate their losses.
India have offered to play two extra T20 internationals in England next summer
India took on England’s white-ball team during a tour for Eoin Morgan’s side earlier this year
It may depend on whether the various broadcasters, who paid £25million for the rights to the Old Trafford Test, would be willing to settle for two evenings’ cricket rather than five full days.
There is also the question of corporate hospitality, tickets, and food and drink, with the potential earnings from a full Test match — over £10m for the Manchester game — far in excess of what a pair of T20s could generate.
India, many of whose players are now quarantining in the UAE ahead of Sunday’s restart of the postponed IPL, will be back in England next summer for three T20 and three one-day internationals, all squeezed into the first fortnight in July.
The offer would be instead of, not as well as, the fifth Test, which was cancelled late on
The offer is designed to help ease a potential shortfall of £40m in English cricket’s budget
There are then five days before the start of six white-ball matches against South Africa. Old Trafford is already scheduled to stage the first of the T20s against India, as well as the second ODI against the South Africans.
Meanwhile, there is still confusion over the result of the Test series, which India led 2-1 before the abandoned game.
The ECB say they have approached the ICC to argue that India forfeited the game and the series should be tied at 2-2 — a scenario that would help with their insurance claim.
But the ICC say they are yet to hear from the ECB and no decision has been made on the status of the Test.
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