Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) has got the request from England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to host the series in the UAE as COVID-19 cases are rising in India. But as per reports, the Indian board has disagreed with ECB’s suggestion. It is understood that England has still not given firm confirmation about touring India.
India and England were set to play the limited over series in September but it has been postponed to next year. BCCI is planning to organize that set of series when England tour India to play the five-match Test series in Feb-March. For which, the board is considering to convert the Test series into a three-match Test series so that the T20I and ODI series might also get scheduled. It is understood that ECB has agreed with India but they are fearing to travel India due to coronavirus.
As BCCI has taken the IPL to the UAE, the England board is also requesting to them to explore the same possibility for the England series
However, BCCI believes that they can create a bio-secure bubble in India because they are hiring the same firm that had set up the bubble in England for series against West Indies and Pakistan.
Also, the Test series is the part of the ICC Test Championship so hosting it in India would help the team to maintain the first spot in the points table. The defeat in New Zealand had costed the team and they might fell from the first two spots if they lose another series.
Meanwhile, after playing the IPL, Team India cricketer will tour Australia to play the T20I, Test and ODI series. It would be a challenging series for India.