India – England home series to be postponed in the face of Covid-19 pandemic

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While the global pandemic COVID-19 has postponed all the sporting events across the globe, another series has been added in the list recently. Team India’s six-match limited-overs home series against England which was earlier scheduled to take place in September, has postponed along with New Zealand A’s tour to the country next month owing to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

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However, the BCCI is yet to give the official announcement in this matter but it is expected that they will do it soon.

“England were supposed to play six games (three ODIs and three T20 Internationals) during late September. Obviously, in the current circumstances England won’t be travelling to India,” a senior BCCI official revealed to PTI on conditions of anonymity.

Meanwhile, the BCCI Apex Council meeting will be held on Friday where India’s Future Tours and Program (FTP) calendar will be discussed as well.

“But I guess a formal announcement will happen once the FTP issue is discussed as it’s part of the agenda during Friday’s Apex Council meeting. New Zealand A had a tour of India scheduled in August and even that’s also unlikely to go ahead,” the official further said.

On the other hand, as per the reports in the British media, the white ball tour might take place in September, next year. COVID-19 has already affected a lot of people and it’s over 9 lakh positive cases in India. The pandemic has taken nearly 25,000 lives in the country as well and India are already in the third place in the list of positive cases in the world.

“Our (BCCI) president (Sourav Ganguly), in a recent interview, said that they are planning for a camp in August if the situation permits. It’s common sense that under these circumstances, no matches can be held,” the official shared.

While the England tour was slated in the last week of September and as the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in Australia will be postponed too, the 13th edition of Indian Premier League is expected to begin during October-November either in India or outside the country.

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