The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has put the entire cricketing schedule into haste. As a result, the organisers had to cancel a lot of series and another series is likely to be in jeopardy. England are set to postpone their white-ball tour of India until next year.
The Eoin Morgan-led side was to travel to India in September. As per the schedule, the will play three ODIs and as many T20Is against India, for which they are to fly out on September 16. However, a report in the Dialy Mail suggests that England are not likely to tour India.
India-England series likely to postpone
The possible cancellation of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 will free up space for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in September-October. As a result, it diminishes any hopes of England’s visit to India.
The report also adds that England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are talking to play the limited-overs series. Both the boards are planning to tag the series when India and England play a five-match Test series.
However, the official announcement is likely to come out soon as the BCCI is still awaiting an official decision on the fate of the T20 World Cup. Australia will host the mega event starting from October 18.
But, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has also stated they would like to host the IPL 13 this year and their first priority. There are likely to take the cash-rich league overseas if the situation in India doesn’t come under control. UAE are the front-runners to host IPL 2020 if the competition didn’t take place in India.