The itinerary for England tour of India in 2021, which will comprise of four ICC World Test Championship matches, five T20Is and three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League matches, has been confirmed.
On Thursday, the BCCI along with the ECB announced the fixtures for the much-awaited marquee series, which will kick off with a four-match Test series for the Anthony de Mello Trophy.
England tour of India
England tour of India includes four Tests, five T20 matches and three ODIs in February-March in India with the high-profile series restricted to just three venues due to the Covid-19 pandemic and to prevent the spread of the virus, both cricket boards said on Thursday.
England tour of India to kick-start on February 5 with Chennai hosting the opening two Tests before the sides head to the Western Indian city of Ahmedabad to play the first international match at the world’s largest cricket stadium.
World’s biggest cricket venue
The world’s biggest ground, the Motera stadium, with a capacity of 110,000, has displaced the Melbourne Cricket Ground as the world’s largest cricket stadium and was inaugurated by U.S. President Donald Trump during his visit to India in February. The biggest cricket venue to host its first international match in February.
The refurbished stadium will host the final two Tests with the third test will be day and night with pink balls under the field lights.
“The prospect of becoming the first international side to play at the magnificent Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad adds an extra dimension to the tour and I know will be something that is a highlight for both the players and management,” said Tom Harrison, the chief executive of ECB.
England will arrive in Chennai after playing two tests matches in Sri Lanka on January 27th after to officiate tour of India.
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England tour of India will be India’s first at home since South African cricket team tour of India in March [as scheduled] was called off midway through due to the pandemic emerged all across-the-globe…
“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,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said.
Fixture tour dates
Onto the full schedule of England tour of India…
Schedule of test series will follow as:
February 5-9: 1st Test, Chennai
February 13-17: 2nd Test, Chennai
February 24-28: 3rd Test (day/night), Ahmedabad
March 4-8: 4th Test: Ahmedabad
Schedule of T20 Internationals’ will follow as:
March 12: 1st T20I, Ahmedabad
March 14: 2nd T20I, Ahmedabad
March 16: 3rd T20I, Ahmedabad
March 18: 4th T20I, Ahmedabad
March 20: 5th T20I, Ahmedabad
Schedule of One-Day-Internationals’ will follow as:
March 23: 1st ODI, Pune
March 26: 2nd ODI, Pune
March 28: 3rd ODI, Pune