England’s tour of India 2020 postponed: The English cricket team is likely to visit India for an all-format tour next year.
England’s white-ball tour of India has been postponed until early 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The series has become yet another high-profile cricketing fixture which has been delayed due to the global crisis.
England were originally scheduled to tour India for three ODIs and as many T20Is next month. With them also slated to play five Test matches in India in February-March next year, BCCI and ECB are working towards conducting an all-format tour in January-March.
In the last decade or so, England’s tour of India is generally played on both sides of the Christmas break. Playing a format before the break, England go back home for Christmas before returning for other formats in the new year.
England’s white-ball tour of India, originally scheduled for later this year, has been postponed until 2021 🇮🇳 🏴 pic.twitter.com/f2S1nBwf4o
— ICC (@ICC) August 7, 2020
With the 13th season of the Indian Premier League announced to begin from September 18, BCCI were always bound to postpone the England series.
England’s tour of India 2020 postponed
“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.
“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,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a statement.
“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,” ECB Chairman Tom Harrison said.