Mumbai: The Cricket Committee said on Thursday that India and England will conduct 4 tests, 5 20-20 matches and 3 one-day matches in India from February to March. They are highly anticipated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The series is limited to 3 venues.
The series will begin on February 5th. Chennai will host the first two tests. The two sides will go to the western Indian city of Ahmedabad for their first international match at the world’s largest cricket stadium.
The Motera stadium, with a capacity of 110,000, has displaced the Melbourne Cricket Ground as the world s largest cricket stadium, and was inaugurated by U.S. President Donald Trump during his visit to India in February.
The refurbished stadium will host the final two tests with the third to be played with pink balls under lights.
Motera will also hold the five T20 internationals, which will work as warm-ups for both sides ahead of the World Twenty20 later in the year in India.
“The prospect of becoming the first international side to play at the magnificent Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad adds an extra dimension to the tour and I know will be something that is a highlight for both the players and management,” said Tom Harrison, the chief executive of England s cricket board.
Pune, situated about 150 kilometres from Mumbai, will host the final leg of the series consisting of three 50-over matches.
After participating in two test matches in Sri Lanka, England will arrive in Chennai directly from Colombo on January 27.
This is India’s first family tour since the South African tour was cancelled midway since the South African pandemic in March.
Due to the coronavirus situation in India, the United Arab Emirates hosted the popular Indian Premier League in 2020. The country has been infected with 9.77 million infections, second only to the United States, and has the second highest number of infections in the world, with nearly 142,000 deaths.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said: “BCCI prioritizes the health and safety of the two teams and ensures that all safety protocols agreed by the BCCI and ECB medical teams are followed for the tour.