The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly offered two more T20Is in addition to rescheduling the cancelled Manchester Test to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The Indian team will be touring England next year for a limited-overs series and the two extra T20Is will be included during this affair.
On the basis of anonymity, a BCCI official revealed to The Hindu that the decision was taken to compensate for the losses that ECB is set to suffer after the 5th and final Test in Manchester was cancelled on Friday. The two boards have a strong relationship which the BCCI wants to strengthen further with the gesture.
The final Test was scheduled to be played from September 10-14 at Old Trafford, Manchester. However, just two hours prior to the start of the game, the ECB announced that the two boards had mutually decided to call off the game. The ECB reportedly will lose around 40 million pounds if the match stands abandoned.
A junior physiotherapist on the Indian team, Yogesh Parmar, had tested positive just a day before the final match. The players revealed that they had been in close contact with him and feared that they had contracted it too. It became infeasible for the visitors to field a playing XI as a result and the match was therefore cancelled.
ECB has written an official letter to ICC to adjudicate on the result of the Manchester Test
The ECB has officially confirmed that they’ve written a letter to the ICC requesting them to decide on the result of the game. The ICC has a Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC) which will discuss the factors that led to the cancellation of the match and deem whether it was under the Covid cancellation guidelines.
ECB chief executive, Tom Harrison had claimed that the match was cancelled due to bio-bubble fatigue and should be considered as a forfeiture from Team India. If the ICC rules the decision as a forfeit, the ECB can then claim insurance and recover from their losses.
The series will then end up as 2-2 and England will be awarded 12 points in the World Test Championship (WTC) table. If the DRC rules it as a fair cancellation due to Covid, the match will be voided and the series will be counted as a four-match affair with India taking the series 2-1.