We wish the “fifth” of the rescheduled Check sequence to occur, not as soon as, says Sourav Ganguly


The ECB has written to the ICC, searching for the choice of the Dispute Decision Committee (DRC) on the destiny of the canceled match.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly mentioned that the proposed “standalone” Check between India and England needs to be handled because the series-deciding fifth match, which was referred to as off final week. PTI on Monday and dominated out the potential for treating it as a one-sided recreation.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has written to the ICC searching for the choice of the Dispute Decision Committee (DRC) on the destiny of the canceled match to be performed at Previous Trafford, Manchester. The ICC is but to touch upon the matter.

“We wish the sequence to be accomplished as a result of this might be our first sequence win (in England) since 2007,” Ganguly mentioned. PTI In an unique interview.

He clarified, “BCCI says Check cricket is the ultimate format and we is not going to settle it for something.”

India have been main 2-1 when the match was referred to as off final week after the visiting gamers refused to step on the sphere following optimistic COVID-19 instances amongst their assist workers, together with head coach Ravi Shastri. Had achieved it.

A forfeiture would enable the ECB to obtain an insurance coverage reimbursement of £40 million which, it claims, would assist cowl its losses because of the cancellation.

Requested whether or not the BCCI has supplied to play two further T20 Internationals on the crew’s tour for a white-ball sequence in lieu of Assessments in July subsequent 12 months, Ganguly mentioned: “We’re wanting ahead to enjoying additional ODIs and T20Is.” prepared and it’s not a problem.

Simply that the Check match that might be performed later would be the fifth match of the sequence. If the ICC feels that the match was deserted because of COVID-19, India will formally win the sequence 2-1 as such cancellations are thought-about “acceptable non-compliance” underneath World Check Championship guidelines. Is.

“There may be priority for sequence cancellations because of COVID-19 within the final 18 months. The BCCI canceled their house sequence in opposition to South Africa final 12 months which price us round £40 to 50 million,” mentioned the previous captain.

He additionally hoped that there can be concrete “medical recommendation” on provide within the close to future that will enable the sequence to proceed even with COVID instances throughout the crew.

“As a result of we perceive how damaging it’s to the sport by way of viewership and viewers curiosity (TV and OTT), particularly when the sequence is of such top quality. Check cricket is the primary precedence of BCCI.

Ganguly mentioned the BCCI was “upset” that the match was cancelled, however it couldn’t lengthen past some extent to the nervous gamers.

“We’re extraordinarily upset that this sequence needed to be cancelled. The one purpose is the outbreak of COVID-19 and the protection of the gamers. We may solely push them to some extent.

“However the pandemic is so extreme that one can solely journey that far,” he defined.

Requested whether or not the choice of fielding the brand new crew by resting some senior gamers who weren’t snug, Ganguly replied within the adverse.

“No, it was not an choice. If you happen to have a look at Yogesh Parmar (junior physio who examined optimistic simply earlier than the match) each participant had shut contact,” Ganguly mentioned.

“So clearly it was a trigger for concern. It was one thing that no person had any management over and their (gamers) households have been touring with them,” he mentioned, justifying the priority on the camp.

ECB CEO Tom Harrison additionally mentioned that each effort was made to relaxation the touring gamers however the “notion of what may occur” made them afraid to play.

Requested if he would attempt to settle it “amicably” with Harrison and ECB chief Ian Whatmore throughout his private go to to London on 23 September, Ganguly mentioned: “Even within the Check match was additionally canceled amicably. I’m going there and see, we are going to discover out.”