England vs India: Test series set to go ahead as planned as IPL consider later resumption in UAE to avoid clash
India’s cricket board (BCCI) is considering moving the IPL’s resume date to September 19, avoiding the clash with the fifth round between India and England at Old Trafford, scheduled to end on September 14; IPL postponed earlier this month due to coronavirus cases
England host India in a five-game test series in August and September this year
England’s test series with India is set to go ahead as scheduled this summer, despite reports earlier this week that the governing body of Indian cricket, the BCCI, had inquired about the transfer of the fifth. test at Old Trafford.
There were reportedly concerns about a clash between the final test match, scheduled to end on September 14, and the resumption of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which was postponed in early May after several players tested positive. by coronavirus.
But, IPL organizers are considering resuming the tournament on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates, with the final taking place on October 10.
That would leave only one week between the end of the IPL and the start of the T20 World Cup and would also mean a clash with the Caribbean Premier League.
The ECB says it did not receive an official request from the BCCI to move the series and they continue to plan as scheduled.
If the new IPL dates are confirmed, the schedule would not affect the England-India test series, and players are expected to fly directly from the UK to a new biosphere bubble in the United Arab Emirates.
England players are unlikely to be able to participate in the remaining stages of the IPL as they will travel to Bangladesh and Pakistan in October.
Watch the first test between New Zealand and England live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10.30am on Wednesday, June 2.