The Board of Control for Cricket in India has canceled India’s T20I series against South Africa. The series was a build-up for the two teams to prepare for the ICC T20I World Cup scheduled in October in India. The Indian cricket board will be utilizing that window for resuming the 14th IPL season, which was postponed in the wake of the rising Covid-19 cases inside the bio-security environment. The BCCI had earlier mentioned that they would suffer a loss of INR 2500 Crores in case the tournament is canceled. It is now known that the BCCI has got permission to conduct the remaining IPL matches in UAE. The remaining 31 games of the league will resume from September 18 or 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The venue was already the frontrunner ever since the league was postponed.
The best way for the team to prepare for the upcoming ICCT20 World Cup: BCCI
BCCI also feels that the 3-week window will be enough for conducting the remaining 31 games, and a tournament like IPL will be the best way for the team to prepare for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup. Thus, instead of a bilateral series between Indian and South Africa, it will be beneficial to conduct the IPL.
Additionally, there are rumors around shifting the two-match Test series between India and New Zealand. The final dates are to be decided after the conclusion of the T20 World Cup. BCCI, as of now, has not given up its hosting rights. However, the board will wait and consider the COVID-19 situation in India. Thus, there are chances that teams refuse to travel to India for the multi-team tournament after what happened in the IPL. Meanwhile, UAE remains to be a possible option for hosting the T20 World Cup as well. However, an official confirmation regarding the same is awaited.
Meanwhile, team India is scheduled to travel to England for participating in the final of the maiden season of the World Test Championship (WTC). The most awaited event of the year will commence from June 18 to June 22 against Southampton. After WTC, the Men in Blue will be playing against England team for a five-match Test series. The series is scheduled to commence on August 4. It is also known that the players and staff are planned to board the flight to England on June 2.