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India Set to Host England in February-March Next Year For Test And Limited-Overs Series

Written by Vipin Darwade

BCCI has reportedly shelved its plans to host England in the UAE for a full tour next year and instead plans to organise the matches in India, Cricket Age reliably learns.

There were speculations that the Tests and limited-over matches may be played in UAE due to the coronavirus situation in India.

BCCI had also successfully organised the entire IPL 2020 in the UAE and there were reports that the board had earmarked it as a backup venue for hosting England should the coronavirus situation deteriorate again in India.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) were also presented with the option to set base in a city with multiple Test venues for the entirety of a series.

However, India now plans to host England for a full tour across multiple venues in the country. And one of those in all likeliness will be the new stadium in Ahmedabad.

“As of now, it seems that the peak of the COVID-19 has passed in India, as the numbers are decreasing on daily basis. If it continues, we will be playing England in our own soil” a top BCCI official told Cricket Age.

England are set to tour Sri Lanka in January next year for two Tests and will leave for India following the conclusion of the series.

On Monday, England’s limited-overs tour of South Africa was abandoned midway on medical grounds. There were multiple cases of coronavirus in both the camps.

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