• England to tour India in 2021

    England’s tour of India in 2021 has been confirmed with four Test matches, five T20Is and three ODIs scheduled from 5 February to 28 March.

    The tour will get under way with two Test matches in Chennai at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, followed by two more at the new Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.

    The five T20I matches will also be held in Ahmedabad before the tour concludes in Pune with three 50-over games.

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    BCCI honorary secretary Jay Shah said securing the safety of every player in the India and England camps will be their main priority to ensure a safe playing field.

    ‘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 the Covid-19 pandemic and the home season will bring back joy to cricket fans,’ he said.

    ECB CEO Tom Harrison added that international tours between the two countries are always exciting.

    ‘International cricket between India and England is a highlight of the cricketing calendar and always attracts significant levels of interest from fans around the world.

    ‘We have been delighted with the planning that has been undertaken by the BCCI to ensure the three venues in Chennai, Ahmadabad and Pune will be ready to host international cricket in a bio-secure environment and look forward to working closely with them over the coming weeks to finalise those plans.’

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