India Tour of England: ECB caught unawares with fake press release that claims ‘series schedule changed for IPL 2021’

India Tour of England: ECB caught unawares with fake press release that claims 'series schedule changed for IPL 2021 on BCCI's request'
India Tour of England: ECB caught unawares with fake press release that claims 'series schedule changed for IPL 2021 on BCCI's request'

India Tour of England: Days after BCCI’s informal request to the ECB to reschedule the five-match Test series in order to accommodate the IPL 2021 remaining matches, a fake tweet has been doing rounds among English cricket enthusiasts. The tweet, which looks similar to an ECB statement, bore the logo of England and Wales Cricket Board read that it had reached an agreement with the BCCI to host the IPL 2021 remaining matches in exchange for Indian players play in The Hundred.

The tweet sent cricket aficionados in a frenzy with many criticising the ECB mistaking it as a genuine statement from the board.

India Tour of England: As per the tweet, the ECB acknowledged BCCI’s official request to reschedule the 5-match Test series in order to accommodate the IPL 2021 remaining matches. According to the tweet, the ECB will host the “remainder of the IPL 2021 matches during September” with the fifth Test at Old Trafford being moved to October 7 instead of September 10 after the IPL final.

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Furthermore, as per the tweet, the BCCI would reconsider allowing Indian players in The Hundred in exchange while the ticket holders will get vouchers that could be redeemed to buy merchandise on the board’s website.

India Tour of England: However, as it turned out, the ECB never released such a statement and if the board is to be believed, it never revived any official request from the BCCI. Later, a Twitter user named Danny Frankland, who runs Outside Cricket blog, claimed credit for the fake tweet.

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As per The Times, the BCCI informally enquired about the possibility. Later, an unnamed source confirmed the development to TOI. However, no decision has been made on that yet with the ECB denying receiving any query. With The Hundred, ECB’s pet project due to kick off on July 21, it is unlikely that it will pay heed to the request. Furthermore, the BCCI is not expected to allow its star cricketers to play in the 100-ball tournament either.

“BCCI and the ECB are in discussions to tweak the five-Test series. Details of those discussions aren’t public yet. But in whichever manner the ECB agrees to tweak the Test series, they will want the IPL in England because the counties can earn from it. There’ll be a good chance of a quid pro quo,” TOI had quoted a source privy to the discussions on Wednesday.

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