With Covid -19 cases increasing rapidly in India, BCCI is in no position to resume cricket any time soon in the subcontinent. The World’s second largest populated country has registered over 30,00,000 (30L) cases so far and with around 60000+ new cases coming daily, the pandemic will take huge time and effort before eradication. Though, Russia has registered first successful vaccine of the deadly pandemic, it will take minimum 4-5 months to hit the market.
The sports world-wide have been severely hit by the pandemic. Apart from the international commitments, the domestic seasons have also taken a toll.Although, in some countries like UK, Australia and New Zealand, players have hit the field but as far as BCCI is concerned- even organising a conditioning or training camp for players looks a distant possibility as of now.
BCCI has already shifted its Premier Domestic Tournament i.e IPL abroad. And with no signs of starting domestic season any time sooner, BCCI might reach out for foreign options to stage International assignments also.
As per the latest news, BCCI might stage India- England Test series 2021 in Sri Lanka next year. Because of the similarities in terms of pitches and climate, Sri Lankan Cricket could play a huge role going forward.
The English team is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka for a two Test series in January 2021, and if all goes as planned, they might stay back in Sri Lanka for the Test series against team India. The England team is scheduled to tour India for a five Test series in January next year and except a miracle, India won’t be the safest place to host such a significant series. Earlier, the SLC has offered to host IPL 2020 in the precarious situations but that time BCCI opted for the UAE for its state of art facilities.