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India to host England in UAE?

India are due to host Test and limited-overs series against England later this year or in early 2021. AP

India are due to host Test and limited-overs series against England later this year or in early 2021. AP

Due to the coronavirus that has invaded most of the largely populated countries in which India is one of them, India were forced to take this year’s IPL 2020 in UAE where the country is much “safer” than India itself. And as the cases rise more in India with over five million cases as of Friday being second only to the USA in terms of the number of infections, there are possibilities that the BCCI may want to host their home series in UAE.

India vs England series 2020-’21 in UAE

According to the ICC Future Tour Programme (FTP) 2018-2023, India are scheduled to host England this year in September-October for the white ball series which comprised of three ODIs and three T20Is before touring Australia. Once the Australia series is done, they will then host England for the five-match Test series the early 2021 between January and March. However, the white ball leg was postponed and it now seems that they may play it both the white ball series and the red ball series together.

India signed an agreement with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), which was restricted only to this year’s IPL, to also boost their cricketing ties. Now they will be having a brief discussion of the possibility of hosting England in the UAE.

Another IPL in UAE as well?

There is a chance that next year’s IPL may as well be taken in UAE if the coronavirus cases in India do not decrease and the situation does not improve. If it does happen, then it will become the third time the IPL was hosted in the UAE with the first one in 2014 as half of the league matches were held there due to India elections and now the 2020 edition.

As stated before, the BCCI wants to boost its cricket relations with the UAE. BCCI secretary Jay Shah announced on Saturday via Twitter signing the agreement at a meeting with ECB vice-chairman Khalid Al Zarooni.

We may see more India matches in UAE in the future. Photograph: Jay Shah/Twitter

We may see more India matches in UAE in the future. Photograph: Jay Shah/Twitter

For a long time in the early 2000s, India refused to play in the UAE due to match-fixing. Except for the two-match ODI series that was played with Pakistan in 2006. Things changed from 2014 onwards and some multination tournaments such as the 2018 Asia Cup, originally scheduled in India, was held in UAE. Now it will look like the future between India and UAE in terms of cricket will be stronger and may see more matches for India in the UAE.

 

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