With the long tour in South Africa coming to an end, BCCI announced the schedule for the next year keeping in the mind the ICC WC 2019.
India will play 63 International matches across all three formats. While there are a lot of overseas tours involved, India will also enjoy a mini home season.
India’s 2017-18 season will come to an end after the T20 tri-series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
While India will play two T20’s against Ireland after the IPL, Afghanistan will play its debut test at Bengaluru from June 14. Reports suggest that India will rest the star players to be fit enough for the long England tour.
This tour will be followed by the Asia cup which will be now a 50 over format as a part of preparations for 2019 World Cup.
Windies will tour India in October-November after which the much anticipated Border-Gavaskar trophy starts at Australia.
The England tour will be Virat’s first assignment to the country after taking up his captaincy. He had a forgettable outing in 2014 when he scored just 134 runs in 10 innings.
BCCI decided not to play tests at New Zealand as 3:00 AM is expected to be too early for the Indian audience and the channel gets lower TRP’s which ultimately results in lesser revenue for the BCCI.
Full Schedule Here :
June 2018: vs Ireland (2 T20I) (Away)
June 2018: vs Afghanistan (1 Test) (Home)
July-September 2018: vs England (5 Tests, 3 ODI, 3 T20I) (Away)
September 2018: Asia Cup (Approx 9 ODIs) (Venue and Date yet to be finalized)
October-November 2018: vs West Indies (2 Tests, 5 ODIs, 3 T20I) (Home)
November-December 2018: vs Australia (4 Tests, 3 ODIs, 3 T20I) (Away)
January-February 2019: vs New Zealand (5 ODIs, 5 T20I) (Away)
February-March 2019: vs Australia (5 ODI, 2 T20I) (Home)
March 2019: vs Zimbabwe (3 T20I) (Home)
With the wrist spinners exhibiting their skills on the overseas grounds, it will be interesting to find how they will cement their spot in the longer format of the game for the England and Australian tours.