England to Tour India for a Full Bilateral Cricket Series from February: Sourav Ganguly

NEW DELHI, Nov 24: England cricket team will tour India for a full series comprising four test matches, three one-day internationals and five T20 matches from February, 2021, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmed on Tuesday.

“England is touring India for four Test matches, three ODIs, and five T20Is, it is easy to have bilaterals as there are just two teams, we have to keep assessing the situation, a lot of people are talking about the second COVID wave, we have to be careful,” said Ganguly during a virtual press conference.

The entire series itinerary is yet to be announced.

The series will be a sort of preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup which is set to be played in India in October-November.

Ganguly also spoke about the next Indian Premier League season, stating that the board is trying to organize it in the country itself. “We are trying to have the next IPL in India, it’s a tournament for India, I always tell people that they need to be here to see what IPL means to India,” said Ganguly.

The Board President also talked about the much-hyped tour of Australia by the national team, which completed its quarantine period on Tuesday in Sydney.

India start their tour of Australia with the first ODI on November 27 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

“…the players are fit and fine, Australia also doesn’t have a very high number of COVID cases, the borders were closed for a while…they are still very, very tight on international travel, you have to do 14 days of hard quarantine, so the boys are ready to get onto the field,” the BCCI chief said.

(Manas Dasgupta)