The BCCI and ECB have announced the schedule for England’s tour to India. The tour will start on 5th of February as England will play 4 test matches, 5 T20 matches and 3 ODI matches in this long tour. Only 3 venues are been assigned for this particular series considering the current pandemic situation. Chennai, Ahemdabad and Pune will be the 3 venues for the tour. The first 2 test matches will be played in Chennai, while the next 2 test matches will be played at the newly built Motera stadium.
Schedule for England’s tour to India 2020-21 : Test Series
|1st Test||5th-9th February||Chennai|
|2nd Test||13th-17th February||Chennai|
|3rd Test||24th-28th February||Ahmedabad (D/N)|
|4th Test||4th – 8th March||Ahmedabad|
Schedule for England’s tour to India 2020-21 : T20I Series
|1st T20I||12th March||Ahmedabad|
|2nd T20I||14th March||Ahmedabad|
|3rd T20I||16th March||Ahmedabad|
|4th T20I||18th March||Ahmedabad|
|5th T20I||20th March||Ahmedabad|
Schedule for England’s tour to India 2020-21 : ODI Series
|1st ODI||23rd March||Pune|
|2nd ODI||26th March||Pune|
|3rd ODI||28th March||Pune|
As mentioned above, the newly set Motera Stadium will host as much as 7 games. Firstly it’ll host 2 test matches out of which one will be a day and night test match played with pink ball. Lastly it’ll host all 5 matches of the T20I series. Meanwhile the newly constructed Motera stadium is one of the biggest stadiums in the world with a seating capacity of 1,10,000. On the other hand Chennai will host the 1st two test matches while Pune will host 3 ODI matches.
Cricket will be making a comeback to India after a long time due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As this will be India’s first bilateral series at home since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently BCCI has announced just 3 venues for the whole tour in order to reduce the transportation involved between each match. Decision regarding whether to let spectators inside the stadium or not has not been taken yet.