London: The Indian women team's tour of England starting 25 June, has been postponed temporarily as ECB on Friday suspended all forms of professional cricket in the country until atleast 1 July due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indian women were supposed to play four ODIs and two T20 Internationals during their two-week trip that would have ended on 9 July.
India were supposed to play T20Is at Taunton and Bristol apart from four ODIs in Worcester, Chelmsford, Canterbury and Hove.
The ECB clarified that nine rounds of fixtures will be lost in the County Championship season but "blocks for red-ball cricket and white-ball cricket will be held in a revised schedule."
"As much as we remain hopeful that we can deliver some cricket this summer, we are in the midst of a worldwide crisis and our priority — over and above the playing of professional sport — will be to protect the vulnerable, key workers and society as a whole," Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, said.
"That's why simply put, there will be no cricket unless it's safe to play. Our schedule will only go ahead if Government guidance permits."
International cricket, featuring England men's and women's teams, will look to be scheduled from July until the end of September, with the West Indies Test Series and the whole women's series against India (Vitality T20Is and Royal London ODIs) both moving from their original slots
An additional Board meeting will be scheduled next Wednesday on The Hundred, following a request to dedicate a further session to the competition.
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England and India face off in a one-off Test in Bristol which will mark Mithali Raj and Co's return to the four-day format for the first time since November 2014.
After multiple quarantines in India and UK, the Mithali Raj-led squad got little over a week to prepare for its first red-ball game since November 2014.
India women's team and the gripping Test match England showed the value they can bring to the cricketing world. If BCCI and other boards have got the message, we would soon see more Test matches for India and other international women's teams.