BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that England will play four Test matches, three ODIs, and five T20Is in a full-fledged series next year. There have been talks about Ahmedabad hosting the day-night Test against England. However, the complete itinerary is yet to be announced.
The reason to play five T20Is is because of the next ICC World T20 which is to be played in India in 2021 in October. The BCCI is willing to focus in the tournament and this series will just be the perfect dress rehearsal for the all-important world cup.
The BCCI in the last few years has scheduled bilateral events keeping in mind the next ICC event and hence the number of T20Is being increased to five with the World T20 coming up. The tournament will be played between October-November in India next year.
“England is touring India for four Test matches, three ODIs, and five T20Is, it is easy to have bilaterals as there are just two teams, we have to keep assessing the situation, a lot of people are talking about the second COVID wave, we have to be careful,” said Ganguly during a virtual presser.
We Are Trying To Have Next IPL in India – Sourav Ganguly
The BCCI boss further spoke on the upcoming IPL season saying that it will be hosted in India. Incidentally, BCCI had to host the 13th edition of IPL outside the country in the UAE amid the rise of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are trying to have the next IPL in India, it’s a tournament for India, I always tell people that they need to be here to see what IPL means to India,” said Sourav Ganguly.
Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly also kept his views on the upcoming India-Australia series. India will be playing three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests vs Australia in the next two months. The first ODI will be played in Sydney next Friday. Indian skipper Virat Kohli will return back to India after the first Test owing to the birth of his first child.
“Team is in Australia, they reached on November 11 (13), they will finish quarantine today, the team is in Australia, they will be starting cricket, Australia does not have a high number of COVID cases, boys are ready to get on to the field.”