Sourav Ganguly, BCCI president on Tuesday revealed that both teams England and India will play against each other in a full-fledged tour where India will host England. He stated that it’s going to be a full-fledged tour of four Tests, three ODIs and five T20Is.
The England cricket team is scheduled to tour India from January to March 2021 to play five Test matches, three One Day International (ODI) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches.
Sourav Ganguly: England Will Tour India But Situation Will Be Assessed Although It Is Easy To Have Bilateral Series As Only 2 Teams Are Involved
There have been talks about Ahmedabad hosting the day-night Test against England. However, the complete itinerary is yet to be announced. The Tests will form part of the inaugural 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship, and the ODI series will form part of the inaugural 2020–22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.
In February 2020, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that they would like to play a day/night Test match at the refurbished Motera Stadium at Ahmedabad.
“England is touring India for four Test matches, three ODIs, and five T20Is, it is easy to have bilateral as there are just two teams, we have to keep assessing the situation, a lot of people are talking about the second COVID wave, we have to be careful,” said Ganguly during a virtual presser.
BCCI has in the last few years ensured that it plans to hold the ODI and T20I series keeping in mind whether the next showpiece event- World Cup is a 50-over event or a 20-over event.
The five T20Is against England will be good preparation for Virat Kohli’s team for the upcoming T20I World Cup which is set to be played in India in October-November. Sourav Ganguly said BCCI will assess the situation post-Covid-19 after which the final decision will be taken.
Sourav Ganguly Trying To Arrange Next IPL 2021 In India
Sourav Ganguly also spoke about the next Indian Premier League season, stating that the board is trying to organize it in the country itself after IPL 2020 was held abroad in UAE.
“We are trying to have the next IPL in India, it’s a tournament for India, I always tell people that they need to be here to see what IPL means to India,” said Ganguly.
When asked about the upcoming India-Australia series, Ganguly said, “Team is in Australia, they reached on November 11 (13), they will finish quarantine today, the team is in Australia, they will be starting cricket, Australia does not have a high number of COVID cases, boys are ready to get on to the field.”
India and Australia are set to play against each other in three ODIs, three T20Is, and four Tests. The first ODI will be played on Friday at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on November 27 while the first Test will begin on 17th December.
Skipper Virat Kohli will play just one Test against Australia which will be a day-night affair, and then he will head back home after being granted paternity leave by the BCCI since the birth of his first child is expected.
England and Wales Cricket Board will host India for a five-match Test series, starting August 4, 2021, to reciprocate India tour. ECB confirmed that Trent Bridge will host the first Test, while Lord’s will host the second fixture while the third Test will be played at Headingley, followed by the fourth outing at the Kia Oval. The final Test will be played at the Old Trafford in Manchester between September 10-14.
Sourav Ganguly said that since Australia don’t have a high number of Covid-19 case, Virat Kohli-led India will be ready to take the field.