BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is hopeful of hosting England in India for five Test series after IPL. With Covid -19 cases increasing rapidly in India, BCCI has already postponed or moved cricket assignments outside subcontinent.
World’s second largest populated country has registered over 6.07 Million cases so far and with around 90000 new cases coming daily, the pandemic will take huge time and effort before eradication.
However, the game has found a way to continue. Though without fans, the IPL has brought a glimmer of hope and happiness on the faces of people. After successfully pulling off IPL 2020 in UAE, Ganguly is hopeful of creating such bio-bubble in India and resume the game.
“The priority is to make this (series against England) happen in India. We will try to make this happen on Indian grounds. The advantage in UAE is they have three stadiums (Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai). We also have the same facility in Mumbai — CCI, Wankhede and DY Patil. We also have Eden Gardens. We have to create a bubble. We want to hold our cricket in India, that’s where the game is, that’s where the heart is. But we are monitoring the COVID situation,” Ganguly stated as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Earlier there were reports that BCCI might stage India- England Test series 2021 in Sri Lanka or UAE. However, Ganguly also stressed that plans are still at the initial stages as before taking any decision BCCI will assess the COVID situation.
“Everything is fluid. It’s been hard for the last six months to keep everything in order. You want your cricket to happen. You want lives to get back to normal, there are players involved. But you also want to have a close look at the COVID situation,” he added.
The English team is scheduled to tour India for a five Test series in January next year. Last time when they toured India in 2016, they lost the five-Test series by 4-0.