Nottinghamshire, UK. With India losing the first test match at Lords and on the verge of defeat in the second one at Trent Bridge, BCCI has requested England Cricket Board (ECB) to shift the remaining two test matches to India in the “spirit of the game”.
In a meeting that took place during the tea break on the fourth day of second test match, BCCI officials requested ECB representatives to convince their players to travel to India to finish off the Pataudi Trophy, which consists of four test matches.
“They asked us to respect the spirit of the game,” an ECB official confirmed to Faking News, “They told as that even if India won the remaining two matches on flat and turning wickets back in India, England won’t be losing the series, hence it was a fair deal.”
BCCI hopes to soothe flaring tempers of Indian fans who blame the board for overburdening the cricketers with a hectic schedule packed with random tours and IPL.
Since Dhoni’s decision of withdrawing appeal on Ian Bell’s run out had soothed the flaring tempers of English fans, BCCI asked the ECB to cooperate and reciprocate.
“They have asked for quid pro quo,” the ECB official conceded.
ECB official refused to confirm but sources inform that BCCI had also offered to “adjust” IPL dates to accommodate any professional Twenty20 league that ECB may start in the future.
With most of the English players on field trying to bowl out India in the fourth innings, ECB couldn’t talk to the senior players but sources say that the board won’t find it easy to convince the players.
“Bowlers like Broad, Bresnan or Tremlett would never agree but Captain Strauss might like the idea,” the ECB official told Faking News, “Straus and Cook have struggled with the bat and they might like to get some runs on the board with some help from batsmen friendly wickets in India.”
ECB has reportedly delegated the job to Monty Panesar to talk to English team members. Panesar, a spinner of Indian origin, could be picked for the next two matches if England agrees to travel to India to finish Pataudi Trophy.
To silence criticism and divert attention from this apparent cop-out, BCCI has requested Kareena Kapoor, the putative daughter-in-law of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, to be present at stadiums for the next two matches if they are played in India, sources say.