The Board of Cricket Control in India will discuss, in its next BCCI Apex Council meeting, the home series against England and the reduced Indian domestic season. The BCCI ACM will be held virtually (online) on October 17 and besides the two aforementioned topics, the scheduling of the upcoming tour of Australia will also be discussed.
Earlier, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly stated that the board will strive hard and give its 100 per cent to host the series against England in India itself. Meanwhile, the domestic tournaments will also be staged at some point in future despite the coronavirus pandemic. The situation in India, with regards to the pandemic, is still pretty dire given the number of cases is nearing 70 lakhs and the number of deaths, so far, have a tally clocking above 1 lakh.
The current situation in India had eventually led to the BCCI staging the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League outside of the country – in the UAE. The IPL 2020 host nation had also appeared to be one of the options as the venue for the England series.
Originally, England are scheduled to tour India in 2021 between January and March for 5 Tests, 3 ODIs and as many T20 Internationals.
However, BCCI are determined to host England in India with Mumbai being the best option to create a bubble and host the England team across three venues – Wankhede Stadium, Cricket Club of India and DY Patil Stadium. In fact, the much talk about Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad is also an alternative for the BCCI to look at.
Meanwhile, with regards to the Indian domestic cricket, the BCCI had initially planned to kick off the season with Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy from November 19, but the rise in the pandemic situation has put a question mark on it. The meeting will discuss all possibilities with respect to these questions.