England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) became the first international board to resume top-level cricketing action with the Test series against West Indies but as far as their tour of India is concerned, it isn’t expected to go ahead as scheduled.
As per the report, ECB is set to suspend England’s tour of India – scheduled to start in September – as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking to organise the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the last week of September. England’s tour of India consisted of 3 ODIs and as many T20Is, starting 16 September but the fixture congestion amid the COVID-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 organise 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.
The report further said that talks are ongoing between the England and Wales Cricket Board and the Board of Control for Cricket in India and it is understood that the limited-overs matches could be tagged along with England’s five-Test series in India early next year.
Earlier sources saidreported that the BCCI is looking at a end-September to early-November window for the cash-rich league. It had also reported that IPL 2020 could be held overseas, with a choice to be made between UAE and Sri Lanka.
The final announcement, however, is expected soon as the BCCI is still awaiting an official decision on the fate of the T20 World Cup which is currently scheduled to be held in Australia in October-November.
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.