England’s white-ball tour of India has been postponed until early 2021.
Chris Silverwood’s men were originally scheduled to play an ODI and a T20I series in India in September and October before travelling to Australia for the T20 World Cup in October and November, with Joe Root’s side then set to return to India for a five-Test series in January and February 2021.
However, the ECB has revealed that due to the postponement of the T20 World Cup and the current COVID-19 situation in India, the white-ball part of the tour has been postponed until early 2021.
The ECB has announced that discussions with the BCCI are ongoing and that they hope to confirm an all-formats tour of India that will run from late January to late March.
They also hope to confirm India’s Test tour of England, planned to take place in the summer of 2021.
ECB CEO Tom Harrison noted: “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 the BCCI to firm-up the schedules for these eagerly anticipated tours as soon as possible.”
Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI Secretary, noted: “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.
“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.”