The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) together have come out of the full schedule of England’s upcoming tour of India. The series will see both teams lock horns in four Tests, 5 T20Is, and three ODIs.
The much-awaited series will kickstart with a 4-match Test series for Anthony de Mello Trophy, the first of which will be played in Chennai from the 5th of February. Chennai will also host the second Test while the newly built Sardar Patel Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad will host the remaining two Test matches.
England to play 5 T20Is, 4 Tests, and 3 ODIs
The largest cricket stadium in the world – Motera boasts a seating capacity of 110,000. It will host India’s second Day-Night Test match at home in the wake of the huge success of India’s first-ever pink-ball Test that was played in Kolkata last year.
Ahmedabad is expected to turn pink when it hosts the third Test on 24th of February under lights. The iconic Test will be followed by the 5-match T20I series, which will also be held in Ahmedabad. Meanwhile, the carnival will shift to Pune for the three-match ODI series which will culminate the tour.
BCCI has opted to pick only three venues keeping in line with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. BCCI secretary Jay Shah thanked ECB for working tirelessly to turn this series into a reality. Incidentally, this will be India’s first series at home ever since COVID-19 broke out.
“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.
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,” Jay Shah said.
The complete fixtures of England’s tour of India are as below:-
|England’s tour of India, 2020/21 – Test series|
|1||5th – 9th Feb||1st Test||Chennai|
|2||13th – 17th Feb||2nd Test||Chennai|
|3||24th – 28th Feb||3rd Test (D/N)||Ahmedabad|
|4||4th – 8th March||4th Test||Ahmedabad|
|England’s tour of India, 2020/21 – T20I series|
|1||12th March||1st T20I||Ahmedabad|
|2||14th March||2nd T20I||Ahmedabad|
|3||16th March||3rd T20I||Ahmedabad|
|4||18th March||4th T20I||Ahmedabad|
|5||20th March||5th T20I||Ahmedabad|
|England’s tour of India, 2020/21 – ODI series|
|1||23rd March||1st ODI||Pune|
|2||26th March||2nd ODI||Pune|
|3||28th March||3rd ODI||Pune|