England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced a packed summer of cricket consisting of bilateral series against three Asian teams for the upcoming 2021 season in regards to men’s cricket.
The schedule has also been announced for its women’s and disability cricket teams too.
England To Host Sri Lanka, Pakistan And India In Men’s Cricket In 2021 While South Africa And New Zealand Will Be Hosted By England Women
A five-match Test series against Virat Kohli-led, Indian Cricket Team, will hold the spotlight in the men’s international summer which will also include the Royal London ODI series against other Asian countries Pakistan and Sri Lanka and a Vitality IT20 rubber against the Babar Azam-led Pakistan side.
As far as the Women’s cricket team is concerned, currently, the Heather Knight-led unit proposes to host South Africa in an ODI and T20I rubber before hosting the White Ferns New Zealand for the Royal London and Vitality IT20 Series respectively.
The England visually impaired team is also in line to host Australia for a limited-overs series in August, subjected to Covid-19 restrictions.
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The ECB is also planning to stage a Test and T20I series for the men’s team against Sri Lanka in June, but the details of the same will only be finalized once the ICC finalizes the scheduling of the proposed World Test Championship final. Dates and venues for the Women’s series will be confirmed shortly.
Here’s what ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison had to say, “We had an amazing summer of international cricket this year with some memorable performances, and we know how much enjoyment it brought to people whilst staying at home.”
“Next year we’ve got another big international program to look forward to, with the thrill of a five-Test series against India as the centerpiece, 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-19 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.”
Coronavirus pandemic saw several series including the Men’s T20I World Cup postponed. However, in the midst of the pandemic, Pakistan and West Indies toured England as they played in front of empty stadiums.
Provisional England’s Men International Summer 2021
Royal London ODI Series vs Sri Lanka
1st ODI- Tuesday 29 June- Emirates Riverside Durham
2nd ODI- Thursday 01 July- Kia Oval
3rd ODI- Sunday 04 July- Bristol County Ground
Royal London ODI Series vs Pakistan
1st ODI- Thursday 08 July- Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
2nd ODI- Saturday 10 July- Lord’s
3rd ODI- Tuesday- 13th July- Edgbaston
Vitality IT20 Series vs Pakistan
1st IT20- Friday 16 July- Trent Bridge
2nd IT20- Sunday 18 July- Emerald Headingley
3rd IT20- Tuesday 20 July- Emirates Old Trafford
England’s Men Test series vs India
1st Test- 4-8 August- Trent Bridge
2nd Test- 12-16 August- Lord’s
3rd Test- 25-29 August- Emerald Headingley
4th Test- 2-6 September- Kia Oval
5th Test- 10-14 September – Emirates Old Trafford