India-England limited-overs series postponed until early 2021
England limited-overs of India has been postponed until early 2021 due to Covid-19 Pandemic across the globe. ECB and BCCI confirmed the news on 7th August. Eoin Morgan-led unit were originally scheduled to tour India to play three T20Is and three ODIs in the month of September. The test side was scheduled to play five-match series against India in January 2021.
With the increase in coronavirus cases across India, BCCI was forced to announce that Indian Premier League will be played in the United Arab Emirates this season. However, BCCI and ECB decided to make amendments to the current cricketing schedule with regards to India and England.
ECB CEO Tom Harrison said that the board has gained clarity after ICC decided to postpone the upcoming 2020 T20 World Cup. He further stated that it gives ECB the luxury to reschedule various important tours with various cricketing boards which came to a halt due to Covid-19 Pandemic.
Harrison said that England tour of India is one of most high-profile cricketing events of the year and ECB were working closely with BCCI to finalize the schedule for the series.
Both the cricketing boards have discussed the possibility of playing three T20Is and three ODIs after competing in the five-match Test series against India. This means that England will playing in India from January till late March. On the other hand, India is scheduled to tour England in the summer of 2021.
BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah, said that both the cricketing boards are trying their best to finalize the schedule for England’s tour of India to be played next year. India vs England is certainly one of the high-octane contests in the game of cricket.
Both the teams are evenly matched and have provided some enthralling matches in the past across all three formats. It seems that England will now tour India in the month of January 2021 to play five Tests, three T20Is and three ODIs.