The four-match Test series between India and England will be a part of ICC World Test Championship (WTC), whose final to be played on June 1, 2021 at Lord’s cricket ground. Photo: ReutersThe
would become the first team to tour India after the Covid-19 enforced break when it will start its two-month-long tour from February 5, 2021. The
series would also mark the return of international cricket in India after a year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
In its two-month-long India tour, England will play 12 international games – four Tests, three One Day Internationals (ODIs), and five T20Is. The teams will be kept in a bio-bubble and it is still not clear whether fans will be allowed in the stadiums or not. The India vs England
series will start with a four-match Test rubber followed by five T20 Internationals and ODIs.
The four-match Test series between India and England will be a part of ICC World Test Championship
(WTC), whose final to be played on June 1, 2021 at Lord’s cricket ground. The top two teams on the ICC WTC points table will qualify for the final.
Check ICC Test championship latest news and points table here
Meanwhile the three-match ODI series is also a part of ICC cricket World Cup Super League, which would determine the teams for ICC ODI World Cup 2023 in India. The top seven teams on the league table will directly qualify for the World Cup and rest has to play qualifiers.
ICC WC ODI Super League points table
The newly built stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, will host 7 of the 12 matches, including a day-night Test. All the matches will be played at only three venues.
Why Chennai and Pune picked for IND vs ENG venues?
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, also known as Chepauk stadium
Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, popularly known as Motera Stadium.
Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium, Pune
According to BCCI’s rotational policy, Pune and Chennai were due to get matches long back. With this series, they would get a chance to host their pending games.
"Also after a lot of deliberation, BCCI's operations team found that these are the three appropriate venues to create bio-secure environment for two teams," news agency PTI quoted a BCCI source as saying.
Will the England cricket team undergo a quarantine?
Since the England team will be travelling from one bio-bubble to another (Test series in Sri Lanka to India), it would be allowed to train during its week-long soft quarantine in Chennai.
Will England play any practice game ahead of Test series in India?
There are no practice matches scheduled as of now and it is understood that since England would have already played two Tests in Sri Lanka, it won't require a warm-up game after landing in Chennai.
England tour of India 2021 tickets
It is still not clear whether fans would be allowed in the stadiums or not, but the falling Covid-19 cases in India might prompt BCCI to allow spectators in stadiums after consulting the government. So, as of now, no tickets are available for the India vs England series.
The Indian squad members are likely to be given a week's break after they are back from Australia and would again undergo RT-PCR Tests before they enter the bio-bubble in Chennai.