India & England were scheduled to play three ODIs & three T20Is in September but the series is all set to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Indian Cricket Team’s six-match limited-overs home series against England is scheduled in September is all set to be postponed along with New Zealand A’s visit of the country next month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The BCCI is yet to make any formal announcement in this regard but it is expected that it will happen soon.
“England were supposed to play six games (three ODIs and three T20 Internationals) during late September. Obviously, in the current circumstances England won’t be traveling to India,” a senior BCCI official told media. India’s future Tours & Program Calendar will be among the main topics of discussion during the BCCI Apex Council meeting on Friday.
“But I guess a formal announcement will happen once the FTP issue is discussed as it’s part of the agenda during Friday’s Apex Council meeting. New Zealand A had a tour of India scheduled in August and even that’s also unlikely to go ahead,” the official said.
According to the reports by British media, the white ball tour may happen in September next year. India has over 9 lakh cases of COVID-19 & the deaths are reaching towards 25,000 marks. India ranks third highest in the world in COVID-19. Even if the situation in India improves by September, there was a very slim possibility of England coming.
“Our (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly, in a recent interview, said that they are planning for a camp in August if the situation permits. It’s common sense that under these circumstances, no matches can be held,” the official added.
Also, the England tour which was scheduled in the last week of September with the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia is set to be postponed. The IPL is expected to kick-off during that phase either in India or abroad.
India Cricket team was last seen in action in March in a series against South Africa at home which was called off in middle due to the ongoing pandemic.