Given the recent times of COVID-19 pandemic, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the BCCI have jointly decided to postpone the upcoming white-ball tour to India, which was to begin in September and last till October 2020.
England was originally scheduled to tour India in September as part of the FTP to play three T20Is and three ODIs and then return again in January 2021 to play five Test matches.
Both ECB and BCCI are now in talks to arrange a complete all-format England team tour of India in 2021, which might run from late January to late March and for India’s Test tour to England due in the summer of 2021.
“The BCCI and ECB are working closely to finalize 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,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a press release.
“I am pleased with the way BCCI and ECB have managed the situation. The rescheduled tour is also being redesigned in a way to accommodate both red and white-ball format and will now be a comprehensive one,” he added.
ECB’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. 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 optimizing 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 said.