India vs England ODI, T20 series set to be postponed, report says
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Jul 15, 2020, 03:16 pm
The Indian cricket team's upcoming limited-overs home series against England for six matches in September is all set to get postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Furthermore, it has been revealed that New Zealand A's tour of India next month too is gearing up to be postponed as well. Although a formal announcement by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to be made, a senior official is said to have quoted to news agency PTI on the basis of anonymity that a statement regarding it will be issued soon. The BCCI official said, "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 travelling to India,".
A BCCI Apex Council meeting to be held on Friday will see India's Future Tours and Program (FTP) as one among the several main topics that will be discussed. The official added, "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,". British Media have been reporting that the white ball tour might take place only in September 2021.
With the number of positive cases in the country crossing 9 lakhs and casualties set to reach the 25,000 mark, India, at present, is the third-worst affected country in the world due to coronavirus. It is being said that England's tour of India in September is less likely even if the situation across the nation goes on to improve. The official said, "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,".
It is to be noted that England's tour had been scheduled in the last week of September and the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia is also speculated to get postponed. It is said the IPL will reportedly be kicking off either in India or overseas during that time period. The Indian cricket team's last match was in March when they played against South Africa at home, which went on to be called off midway because of the COVID-19 outbreak.