The International cricket finally returns to India with England’s full tour of four Tests, three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and five T20 Internationals (T20Is).
It will be the first international assignment for India at home. South Africa were the last team to visit India. However, the visitors were forced to leave the country without playing any game due to the COVID-19 outbreak in March early this year.
On Thursday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah announced that England’s tour would begin from February 5 in Chennai.
Ahmedabad’s newly built Motera Stadium will host a day-night Test from February 24. It will also be the venue of the five-match T20I series.
The Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune has been selected to stage the three ODI games. The tour will run until March 28.
“The BCCI prioritises health and safety of both teams and will leave no stone unturned to make sure that the tour is held adhering to all safety protocols agreed by the BCCI and ECB medical teams,” said Shah as quoted by Cricbuzz.
“Both Boards have worked closely to put together an exciting series that promises to provide high octane action between two powerhouses of world cricket. This will be India’s first bilateral series at home since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and the home season will bring back joy to cricket fans,” he added.
Here is the full schedule
- 1st Test – Feb 5 – 9, Chennai
- 2nd Test – Feb 13 – 17, Chennai
- 3rd Test – Feb 24 – 28, Ahmedabad (D/N)
- 4th Test – Mar 4 – 8, Ahmedabad
- 1st T20I – March 12 – Ahmedabad
- 2nd T20I – March 14 – Ahmedabad
- 3rd T20I – March 16 – Ahmedabad
- 4th T20I – March 18 – Ahmedabad
- 5th T20I – March 20 – Ahmedabad
- 1st ODI – March 23 – Pune
- 2nd ODI – March 26 – Pune
- 3rd ODI – March 28 – Pune