Top Australian cricketer Alyssa Healy has expressed disappointment at the cancellation of the Indian women's team's proposed tour of England owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Indian women's team was originally slated to play a bilateral series comprising three ODIs and as many T20Is against England in June which got postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. <p></p> <p></p>But the UK sojourn was called off earlier this week. "Would be sad to see it not happen especially with the hope of a WC (World Cup) early next year," Healy tweeted in response to a post by Sydney-based cricket writer Rick Eyre. <p></p> <p></p>The ICC Women's World Cup is scheduled to be played in New Zealand from February 6 to March 7 next year. <p></p> <p></p>Healy's remark is significant as she is one of the top female cricketers of not only Australia but the world. <p></p> <p></p>Eyre wondered why it's so difficult for the women's team to tour England even as the BCCI plans to go ahead with the rescheduled IPL in the United Arab Emirates. <p></p> <p></p>His tweet read, "Why is it harder to send the Indian national women's team to England than it is to send the entire IPL to the UAE?" <p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p></p><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Would be sad to see it not happen especially with the hope of a WC early next year...... <a href="https://t.co/VceZXolrOU">https://t.co/VceZXolrOU</a></p> <p></p> Alyssa Healy (@ahealy77) <a href="https://twitter.com/ahealy77/status/1286596820454371328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <p></p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p></p>A challenging tour of England would have helped immensely in the Indian team's preparations for the World Cup, reckoned a few from the cricket community after the cancellation. <p></p> <p></p>However, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said it was in talks with their Indian and South African counterparts to host a tri-series in September. <p></p> <p></p>The women's T20 World Cup in Australia was the last big-ticket event to be held before the pandemic halted all sporting activities in March. <p></p> <p></p>With cases rising rapidly in India, it is not even clear when the players can assemble for a training camp. <p></p> <p></p>India is one the worst affected countries by the pandemic with over 12 lakh infections and more than 30,000 deaths reported so far.