Cricket(BCCI) will be finally back to the Indian shores after more than one year. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, all home series of India as well as the IPL were either postponed, cancelled, or shifted to a foreign base. However, finally, Indian fans have a great deal to rejoice. The BCCI has announced a long home series against England starting from the month of February.
The tour of England will start from the test series, followed by the T20s and ODIs. There will be a total of 4 tests, 5 T20’s and 3 ODI’s. The test series will be named as Anthony de Mello Trophy, while the limited-overs fixture will be named as Paytm Trophy.
As per the venues, only three venues have been allocated for the entire series. While the first two test matches will be held at Chennai, the last two test matches will be held at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. The third test will also be a day-night test fixture.
All five T20’s will be held at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. Finally, the three Odi’s will be held at Pune. Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI, said: “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.”
The complete fixtures of the tour are as below:-
England’s tour of India, 2020/21 – Test series
5th – 9th Feb 1st Test Chennai
13th – 17th Feb 2nd Test Chennai
24th – 28th Feb 3rd Test (D/N) Ahmedabad
4th – 8th March 4th Test Ahmedabad
England’s tour of India, 2020/21 – T20I series
12th March 1st T20I Ahmedabad
14th March 2nd T20I Ahmedabad
March 16th 3rd T20I Ahmedabad
18th March 4th T20I Ahmedabad
20th March 5th T20I Ahmedabad
England’s tour of India, 2020/21 – ODI series
23rd March 1st ODI Pune
26th March 2nd ODI Pune
28th March 3rd ODI Pune