India’s tour of England is set to be played from August 4 to September 14 with five Test matches scheduled over the course of a month. However, the schedule of it came under concern because of the Indian Premier League, which was suspended in early May due to rising coronavirus cases in the country and some positive cases inside the bio-bubble.
Following the suspension, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) requested the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to either cut short the Test series by a match or decrease the days between the Test matches to finish the series ahead of time. The thought behind the request was to finish the series early and allow enough time for the players to fly to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where the IPL phase 2 will resume from September 19 with the final being played on October 10.
However, ECB at first denied BCCI making such requests and it was also believed that changing the schedule of the series would be incredibly difficult for the English board because of tickets already being sold out and more games scheduled before the start of the English Test summer with India’s arrival.
1st Test: August 04 to August 08 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
2nd Test: August 12 to August 16 at Lord’s, London
3rd Test: August 25 to August 29 at Headingley, Leeds
4th Test: September 02 to September 06 at Kennington Oval, London
5th Test: September 10 to September 14 at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
The BCCI sought the gap between the England-Pakistan series from July 20 to the start of the first Test between India and England to move the Manchester Test but that window was specifically kept open by the English board to allow their marquee players to take part in the newest format introduced by ECB — ‘The Hundred’.
The Indian players also sought clarity on the same as the end of the World Test Championship final against New Zealand and the first England Test had almost a gap of one and a half months and they had nothing to do during the time, which would prolong the length of the tour in these uncertain times.
Therefore, cancellation of the Test match and preponing it wasn’t a feasible option and neither was hosting the IPL in England, something that former England captain Kevin Pietersen had suggested.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had made it clear that the IPL has to be finished for the board to not suffer astronomical losses and it only had a small window following the end of the England series and therefore, it was selected to be in the UAE, where the players will fly out and undergo a three-day quarantine period before completing the season.
Following the end of the IPL, the World T20 will also be played in UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14.
Therefore, the England versus India series is scheduled to go on as planned and you can get all the news and updates from the games here at fantasybet.com.