BCCI offers ECB two extra T20Is apart from rescheduling cancelled test: Report

The BCCI is said to have offered the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) the option of adding two more Twenty20 Internationals to India’s limited-overs tour of the UK next year. Apart from that, the fifth Test, which was supposed to start on Friday in Manchester, has been postponed.

According to The Hindu, the gesture is intended to assist the ECB in recouping some losses incurred as a result of the cancelled Test and to build connections between the two cricket boards

With India’s physiotherapist being the fourth member of the touring group to test positive for coronavirus, the Indian cricket team was concerned that the sickness would spread even further if they took the field together for the series decider at Old Trafford. The decision to cancel the contest was made a few hours before the toss time, based on their concerns.

Meanwhile, the ECB has requested the intervention of the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee to resolve the matter, and they expect a forfeiture to be granted so that they can seek insurance to cover their losses. According to media sources, if the match is called off due to coronavirus, the English cricket board will lose 40 million pounds.

If the ICC judges the Test as abandoned, India will win the series 2-1, but if England is awarded a forfeiture based on the DRC judgement, the series will end in a 2-2 tie, with the host nation having the option to claim insurance.

India cricketers have begun to depart the United Kingdom for the United Arab Emirates, where they will begin their quarantine period before joining their respective clubs for the second leg of the IPL 2021.