Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli has said that the upcoming series against England will be a competitive one.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday (July 15) announced the dates and venues for the series that consists of five Tests, three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). The first Test of the series will be played in Rajkot on November 9, 2016.
In a video message posted by the BCCI on its Twitter page, Indian captain Virat Kohli and head coach Anil Kumble, who are in West Indies with the team for the four-Test series, announced the schedule.
Virat Kohli said that the series will produce high-quality cricket.
“This is going to be a competitive series. Both sides like to play hard-fought cricket. England is one of the better sides in the world. So we can expect some high-quality cricket even though we are playing at home. I urge fans from both the countries to come and support Test cricket,” Kohli said
Anil Kumble, also welcomed the development.
“I am happy to announce the schedule of India-England series. I have been involved in many Tests against England as a player but this is the first time that I will be involved in a 5-Test series as a coach. I am really looking forward to this contest,” Kumble said.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 15, 2016
1st Test, November 9-13, Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
2nd Test, November 17-21, ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam
3rd Test, November 26-30, IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
4th Test, December 8-12, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
5th Test, December 16-20, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
One Day Internationals
1st ODI, January 15th (D/N), Maharashtra Cricket Association’s International Stadium, Pune
2nd ODI, January 19th (D/N), Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
3rd ODI, January 22nd (D/N), Eden Gardens, Kolkata
1st T20I, January 26th, Green Park, Kanpur
2nd T20I, January 29th, Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur
3rd T20I, February 1st, M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru