Guwahati: After the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, scheduled for October-November, was postponed due to the present COVID-19 situation, the BCCI and ECB on Friday confirmed the postponement of England’s white-ball tour to India.
The World Champion’s tour of India, originally scheduled for September-October 2020 has been now officially postponed until early 2021. The tour this year would have seen India involve in a three ODI and a three T20I series against the visitors, which is now anticipated to happen alongside a five match test series scheduled around early 2021.
With COVID-19 situation in India forcing the shift of IPL out of the country, the BCCI and ECB decided to put a hold on this series against their original schedule.
Speaking about the decision, Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI, in a statement, said: “The BCCI and ECB are working closely to finalise the day-wise schedule as we move towards the resumption of cricket. The India-England series is one of the most anticipated contests in world cricket. The two teams compete hard on the field and provide some riveting moments.”
He said that he is pleased with the way BCCI and ECB have managed the situation, adding that the rescheduled tour is being redesigned in a way to accommodate both red and white-ball format and to be a comprehensive one.
Meanwhile, ECB’s Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, added, “Now that we have clarity regarding the postponement of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, it enables us to work with other Boards to progress the vital task of optimising the international schedules in the challenging circumstances that we have all been having to address with the COVID-19 pandemic.
International cricket between India and England is a highlight of the cricketing calendar and we look forward to working with BCCI to firm-up the schedules for these eagerly anticipated tours as soon as possible, he added.