England’s limited tour of India, scheduled for September and October, has been postponed.
The trip was said to have served as preparation for the Twenty20 World Cup, which was also canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This means that the men of England do not have scheduled tours between the end of summer at home and Christmas.
They could play both Sri Lanka and India at the start of the new year.
Two tests against Sri Lanka, which were postponed to March, could now take place in early January.
Talks are underway on an all-format tour of India to be held from late January to early March.
England were already scheduled to meet India in five tests in early 2021, but that could now be reduced to three or four tests in order to accommodate limited matches.
The situation surrounding the coronavirus in India could influence where these matches are played.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been just over two million confirmed cases in India. Only the United States and Brazil have more.
The rescheduled Indian Premier League has been moved out of the country to the United Arab Emirates.
The International Cricket Council’s Future Tours program has also scheduled England to play international one-day matches and T20 matches in South Africa in the spring.