England to postpone India tour amid likely clash with IPL 2020 dates
New Delhi : The coronavirus pandemic has shake-up the whole sports calendar and the sports bodies are struggling to get things back on track. While most of the football governing bodies have aligned things, cricket is still starving to get a hint on how to come out of pandemic muddle.
England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) turned out to be the first one to resume the international level of games with a Test series against West Indies.
However, a news report has claimed that ECB is set to suspend the upcoming England's tour to India as the dates may clash with IPL 2020, the tournament which BCCI is planning in the end of September.
England's tour of India consisted of 3 ODIs and as many T20Is, starting September 16 but the fixture congestion amid the COIVD-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. And with this most of the Indian players will be busy with their schedule of playing in their respective franchise and even most of the English players would also be a part of it.
No cricket has been possible in India since mid-March when the Coronavirus outbreak began. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had earlier confirmed that hosting the IPL this year remains the board's top priority.
Meanwhile, coronavirus situation in India is getting worse with every passing day. On Wednesday, the nation registered its record 30,000 positive coronavirus cases in just one day.
For the BCCI to organise a full-fledged IPL Season 13, it also requires the travel restrictions on overseas players to be lifted.