England’s white-ball tour of India which was earlier scheduled for September-October window has been postponed to early 2021, the two cricket boards have confirmed the news on Friday (August 7). Notably, the two teams were scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20Is.
“BCCI and ECB are in consultation with a view to confirming the 2021 schedules for an all-formats England men’s tour to India to run from late January to late March and for India’s Test tour to England due in the summer of 2021,” ECB said in a statement.
Tom Harrison, ECB’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “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.”
He further added, “International cricket between India and England is a highlight of the cricketing calendar and we look forward to working with the BCCI to firm-up the schedules for these eagerly anticipated tours as soon as possible.”
Jay Shah, the BCCI Secretary, said: “The BCCI and ECB are working closely to finalise the 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 again said, “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.”
The decision came while keeping the 13th edition of Indian Premier League in mind as the main white-ball players from both countries will be busy in the IPL during that time, which is set to be played in UAE from September 19 and the final will be played on November 10 as well.