London: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has apologised to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) following its failure to gain all the necessary clearances for the England Performance Programme’s (EPP) tour of India.
Following a letter by the BCCI demanding to know why it had not been approached to grant permission for the tour, the ECB explained there had been an oversight and apologised. According to a website, the BCCI has accepted the apology and that the EPP tour will continue as planned.
While the incident will be an embarrassment to the ECB, there are some mitigating factors. It did have the authority of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) for the tour and had presumed — erroneously as it transpired — that, as several officials within the MCA are also officials within the BCCI, it had all the permission required.
The ECB has now accepted that the tour did not have the appropriate clearance. The issue was exacerbated by the fact that several members of the England Test squad, including Steven Finn, took part in the EPP game against the Dr DY Patil Academy side.