Unusual situation caused the International Cricket Tour to be cancelled- Workload

Published:16 July 2020

International Cricket

Many tours have endured changes in recent decades to handle the players' workload that accommodates them to play the T20 Leagues around the world. However, due to the workload problem back in the late 1940s itself, a Research tour was cancelled. In the 1939-40 season, England was scheduled to tour India to play three Test matches in Bombay, Calcutta and Madras respectively. But the tour had been called off due to the World War II outbreak.

In January 1946 the ICC (Imperial Cricket Conference) announced a rescheduling of some of the World War-affected tours. They scheduled a tour of India by West Indies in 1946-47 which was later played in 1948-49 while the planned tour of England by Australia in 1952 was held a year later. We also drew the 1939-40 England tour of India to be played during the 1949-50 season. But, in July 1948, the M.C.C (the England cricket team's governance until 1968) declared the cancellation of the tour.

In the space of 15 months, England played 14 test matches across three countries beginning with the home season of 1946. This resulted in players suffering from fitness issues during their 1947-48 season tour of West Indies, where they played four Tests. England decided to plan future International tours with the players' workload in mind. MCC arranged for England to rest during the season 1949-50 and thus shelved the tour of India as a result.

The tours to India, West Indies and New Zealand also expected no profits to play a role in the cancellation of the tournament. However, in return for inviting India in 1952, England came to India sooner than expected as they played a 5-match Test series in the 1951-52 season. In 1952 Australia was expected to tour England, but the series was pushed to 1953. Thus, by featuring in a 4-match Test series, India filled the slot in England's home season of 1952.