India to travel to England for a 5-match Test series in 2021
India will tour England for a 5-match Test series next year. ECB have confirmed the dates of the tour, in addition to limited overs series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Earlier, this year England were the first country to host an international fixture after the COVID-19 outbreak brought the world to a standstill.
The five venues for the Test series will be Trent Bridge, Lord's, Emerald Headingley, the Kia Oval and Emirates Old Trafford.
The first match of the series will be played from August 4-8 at the Trent Bridge, while the last fixture will be at Old Trafford, running from September 10-14.
ECB Chief Executive Officer, 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 further.
The series will be the second time in 2021 the two sides will meet in a Test series as England are scheduled to travel to India for a Test series in February. The original plan was to conduct a five-match Test series, but with COVID-19 regulations forcing the countries to alter their plans, the series might be curtailed.