The India-England Test series is likely to go on unhindered. This follows England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison’s affirmation to his Indian board counterpart Rahul Johri on Friday. According to a BCCI official, Harrison spoke over the phone with Johri, assuring that the visiting England team will honour its cricket commitments in India irrespective of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two boards. England are here to play five Tests, the first of which starts at Rajkot on November 9.
“The ECB has decided to continue with the series irrespective of an MoU. Their CEO spoke with the BCCI’s chief executive officer Rahul Johri today and confirmed that they won’t mind even if they have to pay from their own pocket for their hotel stay, travel and other arrangements. The ECB has complete faith and trust in the BCCI,” the official told The Indian Express.
This paper reported that BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke sent a letter to England cricket’s operations manager Phil Neale, explaining the present situation with regard to the signing of an MoU and requesting the tourists to make arrangements to remit payments for the hospitalities provided and logistics. Shirke had also written to the five Test hosting centres, asking them to clarify if “they are in a position to hold matches”. SCA and ACA have already confirmed their readiness.
Meanwhile, BCCI president Anurag Thakur and Shirke will “very soon” file their affidavits before the Lodha Committee. The SC has directed Thakur and Shirke to file affidavits before the panel about the recommendations implemented and the difficulties over complying with the rest.