The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed India’s first home series since the coronavirus outbreak. Virat Kohli & Co will host England early next year which will mark the return of international cricket in the country.
Meanwhile, this will be the first home series for Indian in more than a year. India last played at home during the three-match series against Australia in January. The Men in Blues were ready to lock horns with South Africa but BCCI had to call off the series in the wake of COVID-19.
India to host England in February 2021
In a letter, addressed to all the state associations, Sourav Ganguly confirmed that India will start hosting tournaments in 2021. He also confirmed that they will play the role of a hosting nation of ODI World Cup in 2023, according to a report in Mumbai Mirror.
The BCCI President also confirmed that the Indian Premier League will go an as usual next year in April.
“The senior Indian men’s team will travel to Australia in December this year and will come back to the country for a series against England starting from February next year. This will be followed by IPL 2021 in April,” he wrote in the letter on Thursday night.
Furthermore, Sourav Ganguly also mentioned that BCCI is leaving no stones unturned to host the domestic season. However, he also asserted that the safety of the players are of utmost importance and BCCI is keeping a close eye on the developments.
“In the domestic cricket context, we are currently in the off season and the BCCI is making all efforts to ensure that domestic cricket resumes as and when the conditions permit. The health and safety of players and all other involved in domestic cricket is of utmost importance to BCCI and we are constantly monitoring all aspects,” he added.
Meanwhile, India’s last series was against New Zealand. After inflicting a whitewash in the T20Is, they went down in the ODIs and the Test series. As of now, the players are gearing up for IPL 2020 starting from September 19 in the UAE.