New Zealand, Ireland could fill ECB void in 2021 if World Test Championship is cancelled

England could host Tests against New Zealand or Ireland in 2021 if the World Test Championship final is postponed.

ESPNcricinfo understands the ECB have held talks with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and Cricket Ireland (CI) about filling the gap in the schedule if the final does not go ahead as planned

The ECB are currently scheduled to host six Tests in 2021, at least five of which will involve England and India. But with uncertainty over the viability of holding the World Test Championship (WTC) final at Lord’s in June as planned, the ECB have explored contingency plans. Those plans involve inviting at least one other team to England to play a Test or two.

“We have had a level of engagement in relation to the possibility of a Test in England in 2021,” Warren Deutrom, the chief executive of Cricket Ireland, told ESPNcricinfo. “It’s not in the current FTP so we fully understand it can only…

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