The ECB has already confirmed that they will host India for a five-Test series next summer.
Aside from the limited-overs that will be played against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, the ECB has also confirmed a five-Test series that will be played against India. In a similar manner, the said series will also take place in August 2021. This, therefore, adds up to the jam-packed summer of England.
This year, England managed to push through with their cricket matches despite COVID-19 as they held it behind the closed doors of the Emirates Old Trafford and the Ageas Bowl. This time, their goal is to hold their international matches in more stadiums.
Talking about the upcoming tour, ECB CEO Tom Harrison said, ‘We had an amazing summer of international cricket this year with some memorable performances, and we know how much enjoyment it brought to people whilst staying at home. Next year we've got another big international programme to look forward to, with the thrill of a five-Test series against India as the centrepiece, compelling white ball series for our men and women, and an Ashes Series for our Visually Impaired team’.
‘It's an exciting prospect for England fans, and while COVID means there's still a great deal of uncertainty, we really hope to be able to welcome fans back into the grounds safely next year to bring that unique atmosphere to stadia across the country’, he added.
To date, the ECB hopes that crowds will be allowed to witness their upcoming games. With that, they already have ballots for the men’s international tickets. Meanwhile, the general ticket selling is scheduled to start on January 12.
Should COVID-19 still hold some restrictions for the games next year, then the ECB has secured their fans with a Ticket Refund Promise. They can use this promise should full crowds still be prohibited or should there be a change in the venue or the schedule.
The Tests are scheduled to be played from August 4 to September 14. Respectively, these games will be played at Trent Bridge, Lord’s, Emerald Headingley, Kia Oval, and the Emirates Old Trafford. To further understand how Test matches are played, head over to Betwala.
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