As per the latest announcement by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), India A’s tour of England in summer has been postponed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 restrictions in the country.
The team was scheduled to play against England Lions and two warm matches against their own senior national side, who will be facing England in a five-match Test series across August and September. The decision to postpone this tour is followed by the BCCI’s plans to rather send an inflated national squad with more players, who will now play two intra-squad four-day matches as warm-up games for the Test series ahead.
The amendments in the calendar are made keeping in mind the prevailing Covid-19 situation, as the ECB is focusing on “delivering the safest possible environment for all international cricket matches scheduled to take place over the summer”.
Apart from the changes with the schedule of India, England who are also scheduled to play with Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand in the summer, have made an agreement with the respective boards to scrap their warm-up games against county sides, and just like India, “New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan’s men’s teams will instead play intra-squad matches to allow them suitable preparation for their international fixtures this summer.”
Speaking on the rescheduling, ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison, mentioned “welcoming men’s India A tour at a later date” once the restrictions have eased. He looks forward to planning the tour as he feels that this provides players from both the countries a valuable opportunity to showcase their talent “within our England Lions team and first-class counties.”
The senior Indian National Team will be taking off to England for the World Test Championship to be played against New Zealand in Southampton in June, once the ongoing Indian Premier League gets over with. They will later play the five-match Test series with England scheduled to start from August 4 at Trent Bridge.
Indian women’s team set to play one-off test against England
Meanwhile, the Indian women’s team will be playing against England in a one-off test match during June. The two sides will also play three ODI and three T-20I after the test match. This will be the first test match between two sides since 2014. The Indian team had resumed international cricket at home in March with T-20 and ODI series against South Africa.
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