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Coronavirus Outbreak: India women's tour of England postponed as ECB suspends all professional cricket until 1 July

  • Press Trust of India
  • April 24th, 2020
  • 16:22:37 IST

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.

India faced England in the 2018 edition semi-final as well. Image: @BCCIWomen

India women's cricket team during the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020. Twitter @BCCIWomen

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

"Our plan is to reschedule international matches as late as possible in the season to give the best chance of play. The Vitality Blast will also now occupy the latest possible season slot to offer as much time as possible to play a County short-form competition,"

"Our role as a national governing body during a crisis of this scale requires us to carefully plan alongside cricket's stakeholders and supporters to attempt to overcome COVID-19's impact on this season."

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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Updated Date: April 24, 2020 16:22:37 IST

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