The ECB’s disapproval of India is a welcome tour de force after they wanted to move the final Test for IPL
A possible time bomb landed on Ian Watmore’s desk last week. And how the ECB chairman, who has made a good impression in cricket since replacing error-prone Colin Graves, could help define his government at Lord’s.
As the ECB appears to have opposed attempts by their Indian counterparts to move or even cancel the fifth test of this summer’s marquee series at Emirates Old Trafford to create room in September to complete the shortened IPL.
And that has averted the threat from Watmore, along with ECB director Tom Harrison, facing a furious spectator base and angry Lancashire staging that would have caused a late schedule change.
Ian Watmore, President of the ECB, seems to have taken a small but important position
England’s top players, like Jos Buttler (above), will not be allowed to return for the IPL resumption as it clashes with tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan this fall.
Not to mention they had to launch their Hundred league in July without any English players who would have been needed for international duties earlier than expected.
It may not seem like such a big deal to hold out when the schedule has been set in stone for months and thousands of test tickets have been sold. But it would represent a quiet but firm effort from Watmore, because what India wants, India usually gets. Even though the BCCI claims there hasn’t been an official approach yet – just informal talks with the ECB to try to create more room for their IPL cash cow.
And it follows another important stance to protect the primacy of the international game when Ashley Giles insisted that England’s best players should not be allowed to return for the IPL resumption if it clashed with tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan this fall.
There is no doubt that this matters. Yes, the IPL has long become the most lucrative and financially significant game in cricket in the world. And yes, the rest of the game, whether we like it or not, invariably has to bow to its demands. Especially at a time when cricket must try to recoup the millions lost by the pandemic.
For example, the BCCI would lose at least another £ 500 million if they couldn’t play the remaining 31 IPL games that were delayed when bio-safe bubbles broke in Covid-ravaged India.
And that money seeps through to the world game. But Watmore and Harrison knew they had the aces in their hands for once, and barring a late compromise, the international show will continue this summer without those ticket holders for an Old Trafford Test that sold out for the first three days being forced to cancel their plans. modify.
Ashley Giles and Watmore hold back the IPL tide for a while longer and should be commended
The IPL, meanwhile, will cram those remaining games into a 21-day schedule in the United Arab Emirates after the final test ends on September 15 and before the Twenty20 World Cup in October. And they will also have to do without their English players.
It may seem like a small ‘win’, but it’s one that will bolster Watmore’s reputation in world cricket. And it might hold back the IPL tide for a while before it engulfs and eventually erodes the international game.
THE MERRIER LIES ON WHEN NOTTS FINALLY BECOME ON A ROLE
It was one of the biggest deviations from the provincial game. A great white-ball force and brimming with quality players, Nottinghamshire had gone almost three years without a win in first-class cricket.
That was until the streak of three consecutive wins that took them to the top of Group 1 in the new Conference County Championship and placed them well for a Division 1 spot in September.
It is a much fairer reflection of the qualities of Peter Moores who, despite two failed stints with England, remains one of the best coaches in the country.
Peter Moores has taken Notts to the top of Group 1 in the new Conference County Championship
BRISTOL’S PROFIT IS SURREY’S LOSS
It could easily have been Richard Gould instead of Tom Harrison who faced the resolution of the ECB’s Indian dilemma this week. The Surrey chief executive was a major contender for the top management body position prior to Harrison’s 2015 appointment.
Instead, Gould helped make Surrey not only the richest but also one of the best-run and most progressive counties. Last week, the son of former Wimbledon FA Cup-winning manager Bobby Gould announced he would be leaving the Oval to take over as Bristol City CEO.
Cricket’s loss is, to a large extent, his father’s win in the game. Gould and his ambitious ideas will be sorely missed by cricket, but at least he will still be seen in the Oval audience this year. He’s bought a Surrey membership, a nice farewell touch.
Richard Gould has made Surrey one of the best run counties and he will be missed
‘SPITE’ BEHIND THE STANDS OF THE NEW LORD
The new Stands Compton and Edrich at Lord’s were built “ out of spite, ” said Charles Rifkind, the property developer whose purchase of a strip of land at the Nursery End of the ground under MCC’s nose in 1999 got him in the club’s bête noire. changed. . The £ 52 million construction – set to be completed soon – now extends an extra few feet to the Nursery Ground enclosure, where small competitions are held.
That, in turn, will force the boundary all the way back to the wall separating the club property from Wellington Road, hampering Rifkind’s plans to build housing above the two defunct rail tunnels that run below.
In The Covers Are Off: Civil War at Lord’s, a revealing book published Wednesday about the long-running saga of the legendary former Sportsmail columnist Charles Sale, several MCC grandees make no secret of their motivation.
The new Compton and Edrich stands were built out of ‘resentment’, according to Charles Rifkind
“Obviously, if you want to keep cricket at the Nursery Ground, it stands in the way of further development,” said Oliver Stocken, former MCC chairman and long-time opponent of Rifkind’s plans. “It was a tactical move by the club.”
Robert Leigh, a long-serving MCC committee member and club administrator, also describes the decision as ‘tactical’, adding, ‘It means the Nursery End boundary cord must go straight to the wall.’
Rifkind says, “What MCC has done is out of spite.”
Sale describes MCC’s failure to secure the strip of land over 20 years ago as ‘the worst call in Marylebone Cricket Club history’.