According to BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly, Indian Cricket Team is unlikely to step out of their houses to gather for any camp before August. That would mean Indian team is not going to play any cricket till August for sure. The continuous rise in COVID-19 cases in the country has taken away any kind of possible opportunity to resume cricket in India, without crowd obviously.
Meanwhile BCCI is also looking to host IPL at any cost this year and they are waiting for the confirmation of ICC to postpone the ICC WT20 scheduled in October this year. The postponement of WT20 will give BCCI the window to host the tournament.
Asia Cup not a practical idea this year
However, the conflicts for BCCI don’t end here as PCB are also looking to host Asia Cup and the knockout matches of PSL which are left after the cancellation of these games in March due to COVID-19 cases in the same September – November window. BCCI obviously wants to avoid this conflict and henceforth, they have written a letter to PCB asking them to postpone Asia Cup and PSL to next year.
Asia Cup was originally scheduled to be held in September under normal circumstances even though there were conflicts between BCCI and PCB over the playing venue and it was later decided to be played in UAE. Earlier in April, PCB chief Ehsan Mani hadn’t said ab lot except hoping that they could play this tournament in September as per scheduled thinking that the situation would improve by then.
” You don’t know what it will be like in September. Don’t get me wrong but it will depend on a number of factors. Mere speculation won’t help. Maybe the situation will be clearer in a month’s time ” – Ehsan Mani, PCB chief back in April 2020.
“Asia Cup will be a struggle this year. Going by the statement of the Chief Executive of the PCB, the window that suits them doesn’t suit India. Maybe they can postpone PSL to next year if BCCI is able to open up a window during that period. Otherwise conducting the Asia Cup doesn’t seem too practical as these are challenging times,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
England – West Indies series preparation in full flow
When India have just given a red signal to any kind of practice camp till August, West Indies and England are gearing up for the return of cricket after COVID-19 interruption as West Indies team has already arrived in England and started practicing for the series which is starting on 8th July.
West Indies team is going to wear jerseys with ” Black Lives Matter ” written on the collar. This will be done to promote equality and protest against racism in the world. ICC have already allowed them to wear these specially designed jersey.