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India A tour of England postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions

The ECB said the decision to tweak the calendar was made to deliver "the safest possible environment" for the international matches scheduled over the English summer.

By: Reuters |
April 13, 2021 7:48:24 pm
prithvi shawPrithvi Shaw was one of the back-up openers the Indian team management wanted with the Test squad for the England series. (File Photo/BCCI)

India A’s tour of England, which was scheduled for this summer, has been postponed due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Tuesday.

India A were scheduled to face England Lions as well as play warm up games against their own national side, who are set to go head to head with England in a five-test series across August and September.

Instead, Virat Kohli’s men will now travel with a larger squad and prepare for the test series with two intra-squad four-day matches.

The ECB said the decision to tweak the calendar was made to deliver “the safest possible environment” for the international matches scheduled over the English summer.

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“We look forward to welcoming a men’s India A tour at a later date after this summer and when restrictions have eased,” ECB chief executive officer Tom Harrison said in a statement.

The ECB have also held talks with cricket boards of the other three visiting teams this summer — New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan — and agreed to cancel their tour matches against English county teams.

All three visiting teams will also play intra-squad matches to prepare for the internationals against England this summer.

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