BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has confirmed Team India’s first assignment of 2021, stating that Virat Kohli and Co. will lock horns against England at the start of the next year. The much-anticipated series will kick start international cricket in India.
The series against England will be India’s first at home for more than a year. India’s last home series took place in January this year when the Men in Blue locked horns in a three-match ODI series against Australia.
The former India skipper has also said the BCCI is doing its best to get as much domestic action as possible this year. In a letter addressed to the state associations, Sourav Ganguly also mentioned that India will start hosting tournaments next year and also the ODI World Cup in 2023, according to a report in Mumbai Mirror.
Rest of the schedule for now remains the same and the BCCI will continue to honour FTP commitments. In his letter Sourav Ganguly also confirmed that IPL 2021 will take place at its usual slot.
“The senior Indian men’s team will travel to Australia in December this year and will come back to the country for a series against England starting from February next year. This will be followed by IPL 2021 in April,” he wrote in the letter on Thursday night.
“In the domestic cricket context, we are currently in the off season and the BCCI is making all efforts to ensure that domestic cricket resumes as and when the conditions permit. The health and safety of players and all other involved in domestic cricket is of utmost importance to BCCI and we are constantly monitoring all aspects.
“All members will be duly informed about the future course of action and suggestions will be taken before we resume domestic cricket. We are hopeful that the Covid-19 situation will improve over the next few months and we will be able to start domestic cricket in a safe and healthy environment,” added Sourav Ganguly in his letter.
Team India has not played a game since the Test series in New Zealand ended in early March as the coronavirus pandemic halted action around the world. As of now, the BCCI is gearing up for this year’s IPL which will take place in UAE from September 19 to November 10. Following the IPL, the national team will depart to Australia for the bumper four-match Test series.
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