After the conclusion of ongoing India's tour of Australia in January 2021, Virat Kohli and his men are set to host England on home soil. It was earlier reported that the bilateral series might shift to the UAE, amidst the Coronavirus health complications. However, it has now been cleared that the series would take place in India itself, across different venues.
Reports suggest that BCCI and ECB are working hand-in-hand to conduct a full-fledged series. England's tour of India could comprise four Tests, three ODIs, and five T20Is to be played across different venues in India. The report also added that a single city could be chosen as a venue, but BCCI is planning for the full tour at different locations.
One of the chosen stadiums for the high profile event would be the newly built Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. The Test series between India and England would take place in February, while the limited-overs series would kick off in March, prior to the 14th season of IPL.
“England is touring India for four Test matches, three ODIs, and five T20Is. It is easier to have bilaterals than having eight-nine-ten teams, which gets difficult, but we have to keep assessing the situation."
"A lot of people are talking about the second Covid wave. We’re already hearing of cases being on the rise again in Mumbai and Delhi, so we have to be careful and make sure everything is in order,” BCCI President Sourav Ganguly told News18.
The fact that UAE successfully hosted IPL 2020, it might be the preferred venue for IPL 2021. However, Ganguly said that BCCI is hoping to host the cash-lucrative event in India itself.
“The next IPL is five months away, and we’re very much trying to have it in India. I always tell people that they need to be here to see what the IPL means to India. We’re also going to be hosting domestic cricket in India,” the former Indian skipper concluded.