Cricket head officials announced on Friday that the England’s upcoming ODI tour to India has been postponed due to the disruption caused by coronavirus.
Three One Day Internationals & three 20-20 games was scheduled to start in late September would have been an ideal preparation for the T20 World Cup which was scheduled to commence in Australia later this year. But the three T20 ODI has now been put on hold & India is struggling to control the spread of COVID-19.
The Officials from England & India are conducting talks to schedule the dates for an all format of England tour to India from late January to late March & India’s Test Tour to England later in 2021. England is scheduled to play five Test matches in India from January to March next year.
“International cricket between India and England is a highlight of the cricketing calendar and we look forward to working with the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) to firm up the schedules for these eagerly anticipated tours as soon as possible,” said ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) chief executive Tom Harrison.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said, “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 formats.”
If still the current health conditions doesn’t improve then the fixed tournaments would be staged in UAE which is also conducting the IPL 2020 from September.
Currently three-match Test series is being played in England between England & Pakistan It follows a Test series against West Indies and a one-day series against Ireland. All of the matches are taking place behind closed doors, with strict anti-virus protocols in place. After the Test series Pakistan is also scheduled to play T20Is & ODIs against England.