England’s tour of India could be postponed making room for IPL 13 to take place. England was scheduled to tour India in September for a limited-overs series but it all set to get postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
England was set to play three ODI & the same number of T20I against the boys in blue. New Zealand A’s tour of India is also unlikely to take place in August.
As per a report in Daily mail, the postponement of England tour will give room for the cash-rich IPL 13 to take place at end of September earlier postponed due to COVID 19, scheduled to take place in March-April.
Other reports say that the ODIs and T20I will be played alongside England’s tour of India for a 5 match test series early next year.
“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 told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
India’s Future Tours and Program (FTP) calendar will be among the main topics of discussion during the BCCI Apex Council meeting on Friday.
“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 said.
BCCI is looking for end-September to early November window for IPl, however, there has not been yet any confirmation for the same.
BCCI has not made any official announcement about the same as it is waiting for the fate of the ICC T20I World Cup to be decided by the ICC. The ICC World Cup was scheduled to take place in October – November in Australia but it is also set to be postponed to 2022, however, there has not been any official declaration by the ICC.
COVID 19 has affected the Sporting world very badly. If the IPL is not organized, BCCI will be in huge loss. And so will be Star India, who is the biggest Cricket broadcaster but due to COVID, it’s business is also set to suffer a huge loss.
India’s first home series for the 2020-21 season was scheduled for the month of Sep-Oct against England. But now after IPL and Asia Cup, this series is also likely to be affected which in turn leaves Star India with no cricket games until 2021.
Considering the ongoing situations of the daily spike of COVID 19 cases in India, BCCI was looking for an option to organize IPL in Sri Lanka or UAE. Earlier New Zealand had also offered BCCI to host IPL.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has also stated they would like to host the IPL 13 this year and their first priority is to host the tournament within the country, but an overseas move cannot be ruled out.
For the BCCI to organize a full-fledged IPL Season 13, it also requires the travel restrictions on overseas players to be lifted. Presently, domestic flights are running in different parts of the country but international flights have been suspended. The restrictions, however, are expected to be lifted in the coming weeks.