Despite the worsening coronavirus situation in India with the rapid rise in cases, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is hopeful that the England series to be played in India early next year as per the originally scheduled.
The England team is scheduled to travel to India for five Tests, three ODIs, and three T20Is, to be played between January and March. However, there have been some reports of the England series being played in the UAE where the ongoing season of the IPL is happening due to the covid-19 situation in India.
However, BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly has reiterated the board's priority to host England early next year in India.
"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 the UAE is they have three stadiums (Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai)", Sourav Ganguly said as stated by Cricbuzz.
The intensify situation of covid-19 has already forced the Indian domestic season to postpone which should have been started by now. However, Ganguly said that the board continues to work on trying to 'make it happen as much as we can'.
"We are monitoring it (covid-19 situation). We want to have our domestic season. We have all the combinations, situations ready in our minds. We will try and make it happen as much as we can".
"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.
Meanwhile, India is at the second number in terms of the coronavirus cases in the world, only behind the USA. As per the official numbers, over 60 lakh positive cases and over 95,000 deaths due to the virus have been recorded.