According to reports, cricket fans in India can expect to see their favorite stars in action in their own stadiums with England's tour of India. After BCCI signed recently signed an MOU with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) it has been reported that UAE could act as a second home for the BCCI.
The coronavirus pandemic forced the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to push the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to UAE. However, as the restrictions are easing in India it has been reported that fans in India can look forward to the resumption of cricketing action in the country with the England series. Reportedly, a BCCI official stated that cricket fans in India can expect to see their cricket stars in action in their own country with England's tour of India.
"The current situation saw us push the IPL to UAE after getting permission from the Indian government. We have been in constant touch with the authorities and have been abiding by the rules and various advisories as the world look to fight the pandemic. The advisories at the time of planning for this IPL season had more stringent restrictions in place. However, we are hopeful of conducting the England series in India itself now that the restrictions have eased and we are working with our partners to have a bio-secure bubble in place. We would therefore see a cricketing action restart in our country. It may still be a while before the spectators could return to watch live action but it will obviously happen in due course," the official said as reported by Times Now.
Recently, the Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni appreciated the effort put in by those working behind the scenes to host the IPL. Asked if the recent MOU signing with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) also meant that UAE could be a second home for the BCCI, the official said that it has been a delight to work with the ECB.
"It is not the first time that we have worked with the Emirates Cricket Board. They always make us feel at home. They have been excellent and the professionalism that we have seen is something ECB should be proud of but it is not surprising with the dynamic Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan's watch. While ECB and we would definitely look to work together for the growth of the game, the England series is likely to happen in India."