Team India to tour England for 5 Test match series in 2021

Virat Kohli’s men have been scheduled to visit England for a 5 match Test series in 2021, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed on Wednesday. Hit by the global pandemic COVID-19, global sports bodies suffered a heavy loss of revenue and ECB was no exception. In a bid to welcome back fans into the stadiums, England has announced a packed 2021 summer.

The provisional schedule for England men includes a three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, three 50-over matches and three T20s against Pakistan, as well as the five Tests against India.

While all of England’s 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.

Besides their plans to host full summer of international cricket in 2021, ECB confirmed their first tour to Pakistan in 16 years. The three lions are set to play a Test series in February of next year in India as well. 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.

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 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 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.”