Significant time is lost in 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Many sporting events had to be either postponed or canceled. Cricket also suffered in this crisis period. Most of the cricket boards are reportedly making a loss. IPL 2020 was supposed to start on March 29. But the tournament was postponed for an indefinite period.
However, the mega event is all set to start from September 19 in UAE as ICC T20 World Cup is postponed till next year. Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is making all efforts to make up for the losses they suffered in 2020. Team India last played international cricket earlier this year in New Zealand. After the conclusion of the IPL, the team will resume international cricket with a much-awaited Australia tour.
After that India will host a series against England in February 2021. IPL will begin in April. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, recently this was confirmed by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. He sent a letter addressed to state associations regarding this matter.
It appears that 2021 is going to be a very busy year for Indian cricket. “The senior Indian men’s team will travel to Australia in December this year and will come back to the country for a series against England starting from February next year. This will be followed by IPL 2021 in April,” Ganguly wrote in the letter.
Not only international cricket, but the BCCI is also planning to start domestic cricket on full-scale next year. “In the domestic cricket context, we are currently in the offseason and the BCCI is making all efforts to ensure that domestic cricket resumes as and when the conditions permit. The health and safety of players and all other involved in domestic cricket is of utmost importance to BCCI and we are constantly monitoring all aspects,” Ganguly stated.