BCCI secretary Jay Shah has confirmed that the board has made an offer to the ECB to play either two T20Is or a rescheduled one-off Test when India tour England next year for compensating the “cancelled” Manchester Test. However, he also made it clear that Team India would not concede the fifth Test as forfeited.
Following a covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp – four confirmed positive during and after the fourth Test – just ahead of the fifth Test, the Indian players refused to take the field at Old Trafford and the game, for now, is deemed “cancelled”.
However, the ECB are wishing that the match be regarded as forfeited by India so as to gain the insurance money for their losses; if the match is finalized as cancelled due to covid-19, they wouldn’t be receiving the insurance money. A forfeiture would also mean that the series, which until now is 2-1, will be levelled at 2-2.
India will travel to England next year for 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is in July. The BCCI secretary, Jay Shah has now confirmed that the board has offered England Cricket Board to play two additional T20Is, or a one-off Test in helping the ECB recover their losses, but would not take a loss.
“It is correct that we have offered to play two extra T20Is when we visit England next July (only for the white-ball games). Instead of three T20Is, we will play five T20Is. Alternately, we will be willing to play one-off Test as well. It is up to them to choose either of the offers,” Jay Shah told Cricbuzz on Monday (September 13).
The Daily Mail in the UK also reported on Monday about the BCCI’s offer to the ECB in trying to help them out covering their losses due to the cancelled Manchester Test.
“However, the offer — designed to help ease a potential shortfall of 40 million pounds 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.”
It will further depend on whether the various broadcasters, who paid 25 million pounds for the rights to the Old Trafford Test, would be willing to settle for a couple of T20Is.
“There is also the question of corporate hospitality, tickets, and food and drink, with the potential earnings from a full Test match — over 10m pounds for the Manchester game — far in excess of what a pair of T20s could generate,” the report added.
Jay Shah also said that he was unaware of reports of ECB approaching the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC) with a demand to treat the cancelled Test as forfeiture. But he made it clear that the extra games will be played only when there is no such demand.