The BCCI is ready to host England for a full-fledged tour in February next year. International cricket will make a comeback to India after more than a year with the England and India series. Earlier it was suspected that UAE may have an outside chance to host the series due to the COVID-19.
UAE successfully hosted the entire IPL 2020 edition and many believed that BCCI might decide to play the India-England series in the gulf country. However, the BCCI has now made it explicit that cricket will return to India and they will host England.
BCCI Ready To Host England In India
According to a report in the Daily Mail, the BCCI and ECB are constantly in touch with each other and plans are being for the upcoming India and England series. It is almost certain that England will play four Tests, three ODIs and five T20Is in February and March. After the conclusion of IPL, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly also hinted that the big series between the two sides will take place in India.
“England is touring India for four Test matches, three ODIs, and five T20Is. It is easier to have bilaterals than having eight-nine-ten teams, which gets difficult, but we have to keep assessing the situation”, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had said.
Team India is currently in Australia and their tour will come to an end on January 21. After the conclusion of the Australian tour, the India players will shift focus on the series against England. The series for the first time will be played in a bio-secure bubble in India. As far the as spectators in the ground is concerned no decision has been made regarding that but it is likely to be conducted behind closed doors.
Furthermore, England was currently expected to play the ODI series in South Africa but the series has been called off due to COVID-19.