England cricket team is reportedly set to postpone their upcoming tour of India in September due to the pandemic & also as the BCCI is planning to organize IPL 2020 abroad later that month.
England’s tour of India consisted of 3 ODIs and as many T20Is, starting September 16 but the fixture congestion amid the COIVD-19 pandemic is set to see the bilateral series being postponed. With the decision over this year’s T20 World Cup being expected this month, the BCCI would look to organize the 13th edition of the IPL in the September-October-November window. Understandably, the Indian players will be occupied with their respective franchises in the T20 league but a host of English players are also expected to be a part of the T20 tournament, provided it gets the government clearances. No cricket has been possible in India since mid-March when the Coronavirus outbreak began. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had earlier confirmed that hosting the IPL this year remains the board’s top priority. The current COVID-19 situation in India, however, remains as tense as it can be. Almost every single day, the county is registering a ‘record’ rise in the number of cases. The situation has been such that the BCCI is also open to hosting the IPL in countries like Sri Lanka or UAE who have more-or-less gotten the virus spread under control.
India’s cricket team was last seen in action in March in a series against South Africa at home, which had to be called off midway because of the pandemic.