The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has assured the England Cricket Board (ECB) that the limited-overs series will go smoothly as per the schedule, stating that the BCCI will pay their security and hotel bills. The situation was created when the ECB President Giles Clarke sent a mail to the BCCI interim head Rahul Johri to inquire whether series will be played as per the original plan or not, “I have received calls from Mr Shirke who I understand is no longer the Honorary Secretary of BCCI,” Clarke wrote.
“Can you please confirm to me that the England team will continue to be looked after by the BCCI in the usual fashion, with proper security, player daily allowance payments, hotel bills covered and the like, with transport organised at all times.
“Obviously it is entirely a matter for BCCI where matches are played, but please advise soonest that the schedule will be adhered to, or any changes,” the mail read.
Rahul Johri reverted to the mail the same day assuring Clarke that the series will go as per the plan, “The BCCI has announced the teams for the warm-up matches, the ODIs and the T20 matches, the ticket sales for which have kicked off with the first game sold out, as of last week,” Johri wrote.
“The other venues have shown similar uptake in anticipation of an exciting contest between our teams. As you must have followed, the Supreme Court has delivered their verdict early this week, and we are expected to work with the court-appointed administrators, who will be appointed by the 19th of this month and till such time, we are making every effort to ensure that the matches live up to the expectations of all our stakeholders, including ECB.
“We have been in touch with all the hosting centres and they have expressed confidence that the games will be managed successfully, just like always, and as on date, we do not anticipate any form of disruption to the series. Rest assured, I will personally monitor the series as it unfolds and will keep you posted on the progress,” he added.
It has also been learnt that Rahul Johri asked the ECB President to share his talks which he had with Ajay Shirke, former BCCI Secretary. Clarke also sent a reply mail to this message from Johri and wrote, “His concern was the BCCI and relevant association having funds and expertise to manage security and safety of our players, and transport, allowances, all usual issues for a tour.”
It has come to notice that Ajay Shirke has been trying to sabotage the India-England limited-overs series but the former Secretary played down the news, terming it as a fake one.
The first of the three ODIs of the series will be played on January 15 at Pune.