London: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has released the schedule of the home season for the upcoming summer (2021) with plans to bring spectators back to the stadium with a five-Test series against India.
These matches against India will be played in August-September.
England hosted Australia for a limited-overs series after separate Test series against the West Indies and Pakistan during the Kovid-19 epidemic this year.
However, the ECB is now keen to bring viewers back to the ground from the upcoming season in view of the status of Kovid-19.
ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison said, “With some memorable performances this year was amazing for us in terms of international cricket. We know how much people have enjoyed it while living at home.
He said, ‘The next year is even bigger for us because it will see the thrill of the five-match Test series against India. Along with this, the men and women teams have to play many matches of limited overs. Visually impaired cricketers have to participate in the Ashes series.
He said that he will try to bring the audience back to the ground.
Harrison said, “There is uncertainty about the Kovid-19 but we hope that we will be able to welcome the audience to the ground next year”.
The first match of the Test series against India will be played at Trent Bridge from August 4. The subsequent matches will be held at Lord’s, Headingley, Kia Oval respectively, while the last Test will be played at Manchester’s Old Trafford from 10 to 14 September.
The Indian team had lost 1–4 on the previous England tour.
Before the Test series against India, England will play limited overs home series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
India’s final schedule for the 2021 Test series in England:
First Test: August 4-8, Trent Bridge
Second Test match: 12 to 16 August, Lords
Third Test Match: 25–29 August, Headingley
Fourth Test Match: Two to six September, Oval
Fifth Test Match: 10 to 14 September Old Trafford