Indian Premier League is the beginning. High octane live cricket action will continue unabated for Indian cricket fans till the time the next season of the cash-rich league is expected to return in March next year.
Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly in a letter to the State associations has confirmed that the BCCI will honour its international FTP commitments. Virat Kohli & Co will be flying to Down Under straight from the UAE for the Test and the limited overs series against hosts Australia. As India return home, England will be following them for a series in February.
“The senior Indian men’s team will travel to Australia in December this year and will come back to the country for a series against England starting from February next year. This will be followed by IPL 2021 in April,” Ganguly has reportedly written to the State associations.
A lot will though depend on how the COVID-19 pandemic is tapped. It is expected that the novel coronavirus graph will start flattening in India by the end of the next month.
Ganguly, according to Mumbai Mirror, has stated that India will start hosting tournaments next year and also the ODI World Cup in 2023.
“In the domestic cricket context, we are currently in the offseason and the BCCI is making all efforts to ensure that domestic cricket resumes as and when the conditions permit. The health and safety of players and all other involved in domestic cricket is of utmost importance to BCCI and we are constantly monitoring all aspects.
“All members will be duly informed about the future course of action and suggestions will be taken before we resume domestic cricket. We are hopeful that the Covid-19 situation will improve over the next few months and we will be able to start domestic cricket in a safe and healthy environment,” Ganguly has reportedly stated.