In response to the present state of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, the BCCI and ECB have decided to postpone England’s white-ball tour to the country, slated from late September 2020 to early October 2020, until early 2021.
Recently, the ICC T20 World Cup which was scheduled to start in Australia in September was postponed as well due to the coronavirus pandemic.
BCCI and ECB are reportedly now in a discussion to arrange an all-format England men’s tour to India between late January and late March of 2021. India are also due to travel to England for a Test series in the summer of 2021.
“The BCCI and ECB are working closely to finalise the day-wise schedule as we move towards the resumption of cricket. The India-England series is one of the most anticipated contests in world cricket. The two teams compete hard on the field and provide some riveting moments,” BCCI honorary Secretary Jay Shah was quoted as saying in a BCCI press release.
“I am pleased with the way BCCI and ECB have managed the situation. The rescheduled tour is also being redesigned in a way to accommodate both red and white-ball format and will now be a comprehensive one,” he added.
ECB CEO Tom Harrison also expressed his views on the postponement of the tour and expressed that they are working with BCCI closely to make the series happen next year.
“Now that we have clarity regarding the postponement of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, it enables us to work with other Boards to progress the vital task of optimising the international schedules in the challenging circumstances that we have all been having to address with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Harrison said.
“International cricket between India and England is a highlight of the cricketing calendar and we look forward to working with BCCI to firm-up the schedules for these eagerly anticipated tours as soon as possible.”
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