India tour of England for 5 match Test Series : The ECB have confirmed that England’s men will provisionally host India for a five Test series next summer. The five Tests against India are set to be held at Trent Bridge, Lord’s, Emerald Headingley, the Kia Oval and Emirates Old Trafford, while Durham, Bristol, Edgbaston and Cardiff will all host limited overs matches.
The ECB has also announced that in addition to India, England will also host limited overs series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
An additional two-Test series against an unnamed opponent could also be staged in the early part of the summer depending on the scheduling of the World Test Championship final, which is due to take place in England in June.
“While Covid means there’s still a great deal of uncertainty, we really hope to be able to welcome fans back into the grounds safely next year to bring that unique atmosphere to stadia across the country,” said Harrison.
A five-Test series against India is planned to headline the men’s international summer, following a Royal London Series against Sri Lanka and a Royal London Series and Vitality IT20 Series against Pakistan.
While all of England men’s home internationals were eventually played this summer, despite COVID-19, they were all held at two venues, Emirates Old Trafford and the Ageas Bowl. Next summer, the ECB’s intention is to play internationals at a larger number of grounds.
England are becoming increasingly familiar with Virat Kohli’s team. They are set to play a Test series in February of next year in India. The original plan was for five matches although that could be reduced given the revised schedule every country is working to because of COVID-19. They last played India at home in the summer of 2018, winning the series 4-1.
“Next year we’ve got another big international programme to look forward to, with the thrill of a five-Test series against India as the centrepiece, compelling white ball series for our men and women, and an Ashes Series for our Visually Impaired team. It’s an exciting prospect for England fans, and while Covid means there’s still a great deal of uncertainty, we really hope to be able to welcome fans back into the grounds safely next year to bring that unique atmosphere to stadia across the country.”, declared ECB CEO Harrison.
India’s provisional schedule for 2021 Test series in England
August 4-8: 1st Test Match, Trent Bridge
August 12-16: 2nd Test Match, Lord’s
August 25-29: 3rd Test Match, Headingley
September 2-6: 4th Test Match, Oval
September 10-14: 5th Test Match, Old Trafford.