BCCI official says England series likely to be cricket’s return to India post COVID-19 pandemic

BCCI official says England series likely to be cricket’s return to India post COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic might need pressured the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to push the 13th version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to UAE, however followers in India can stay up for the resumption of cricketing motion within the nation with the England sequence.

Speaking to ANI, a BCCI official within the know of developments mentioned that cricket followers in India can anticipate to see their favourite stars in motion in their very own stadiums with England`s tour of India.

“The current situation saw us push the IPL to UAE after getting permission from the Indian government. We have been in constant touch with the authorities and have been abiding by the rules and various advisories as the world look to fight the pandemic. The advisories at the time of planning for this IPL season had more stringent restrictions in place. However, we are hopeful of conducting the England series in India itself now that the restrictions have eased and we are working with our partners to have a bio-secure bubble in place. We would therefore see a cricketing action restart in our country. It may still be a while before the spectators could return to watch live action but it will obviously happen in due course,” the official mentioned.

Asked if the latest MOU signing with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) additionally meant that UAE might play second dwelling for the BCCI, the official mentioned that it has been a delight to work with the ECB.

“It is not the first time that we have worked with the Emirates Cricket Board. They always make us feel at home. They have been excellent and the professionalism that we have seen is something ECB should be proud of but it is not surprising with the dynamic Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan`s watch. It is not easy to host a tournament like the IPL in these circumstances with not just so many players, but so much happening in the backroom as well. While ECB and we would definitely look to work together for the growth of the game, the England series is likely to happen in India.”

BCCI and ECB have signed an MoU and taking to Twitter, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah wrote, “I along with Vice Chairman of Emirates Cricket Board, Khalid Al Zarooni signed an MoU & Hosting agreement between @BCCI and @EmiratesCricket to boost the cricketing ties between our countries. BCCI President, @SGanguly99 & Treasurer, @ThakurArunS were present on the occasion.”

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