India’s home series against England will be up for discussion along with the scheduling of the upcoming tour of Australia and the domestic season when the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) apex body holds an online meeting on October 17.
The Indian Board president Sourav Ganguly said that the BCCI will do whatever they can to confirm that the home series against England prevails in the country and domestic competitions starting at some points despite the COVID-19 situation. Currently, India has nearly 70 lakh COVID cases and the death toll has risen to 1 lakh.
Alternatives in India to host series
England tour to India is slated to be held next year between January and March for 5 Tests, three ODIs and three T20 Internationals. The UAE (currently hosting IPL ) had appeared as an option for the home series against England due to rising COVID cases in India.
Talking about alternatives for hosting England, Mumbai could be the best option to create a bubble with three international venues – Wankhede Stadium, Cricket Club of India and DY Patil Stadium. Another option could be the State-of-the-art infrastructure at the new Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The BCCI will decide on Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, scheduled to start from November 19 but still have doubts in the view of rising COVID cases. BCCI have to take all factors into consideration before planning to start the domestic season.