England Cricket Board (ECB) have confirmed that the men will host India for a five-match Test series next summer in addition to the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The provisional schedule sees matches across England and Wales for the men’s, women’s and disabled teams.
The provisional schedule for England men’s team includes a three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka; three 50-over contests and three T20Is against Pakistan, with the summer being capped off by five Tests against India.
ECB stated that more fixtures could be added to the schedule, including Tests, depending on the fate of the ICC World Test Championship final which is scheduled to take place in early June.
England hope to play at more venues next year as against the limited grounds this season. Old Trafford in Manchester and Ageas Bowl in Southampton were the two venues used by England for the series this season.
Five Tests against India are pencilled in 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.
India are scheduled to host England in February next year. The original plan of five Tests could be reduced owing to the COVID-19 situation in the sub-continent. The last time England and India squared off, the former won 4-1 in 2018.
ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said: “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 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-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 stadiums across the country.”
Provisional 2021 England men’s schedule
vs Sri Lanka
Tuesday 29 June, 1st ODI, Emirates Riverside Durham
Thursday 1 July, 2nd ODI, Kia Oval
Sunday 4 July, 3rd ODI, Bristol County Ground
Thursday 8 July, 1st ODI, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Saturday 10 July, 2nd ODI, Lord’s
Tuesday 13 July, 3rd ODI, Edgbaston
Friday 16 July, 1st IT20, Trent Bridge
Sunday 18 July, 2nd IT20, Emerald Headingley
Tuesday 20 July, 3rd IT20, Emirates Old Trafford
4-8 August, 1st Test Match, Trent Bridge
12-16 August, 2nd Test Match, Lord’s
25-29 August, 3rd Test Match, Emerald Headingley
2-6 Sept, 4th Test Match, Kia Oval
10-14 Sept, 5th Test Match, Emirates Old Trafford