Cricket-England set to host India in five tests in 2021

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Nov. 18 (Reuters) – The England and Wales Cricket Council (ECB) on Wednesday announced a provisional home schedule for 2021 with a five-match test run against India which is expected to make headlines. English summer.

Sri Lanka and Pakistan are also signed up for limited overs matches between June and July ahead of the first test against India August 4-8 at Trent Bridge. The final test is scheduled to take place in Manchester from September 10-14.

England were the first team to invite teams after the COVID-19 break this year, with matches taking place in bio-secure bubbles with no supporters, but the ECB is hoping spectators will return to the stadiums with tickets on general sale available in January.

“Next year we have another big international program to look forward to, with the excitement of a five-test run against India as the centerpiece,” ECB CEO Tom Harrison said in a statement. .

“While COVID means there is still a lot of uncertainty, we really hope we can safely welcome fans back onto the pitch next year to bring that unique atmosphere to stadiums across the country.”

The England women’s team are also planning to host South Africa and New Zealand while the visually impaired team face Australia in a limited series in August.

England men’s provisional calendar

* England v Sri Lanka: three international for a day (ODI) from June 29

* England v Pakistan: three ODIs and three Twenty20 matches from July 8

* England v India: five test matches from August 4

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