Last Update on: February 9th, 2020 at 07:27 pm
After having an incredible 2019 season, the Indian National Cricket Team are set to go through a hectic schedule in 2020 as well. A lot of home series and away tours are planned alongside the Indian Premier League and ICC T20I World Cup 2020, which might take a heavy toll on the bodies of the players. The year will start with a home series against Sri Lanka and end with a tour to Australia.
Schedule of the Indian National Cricket Team:
Sri Lanka Tour Of India – January 5th – January 10th
The Virat Kohli-led side will start the new year with a three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, which will begin on January 5th and ends on January 10th. The series will start the real preparation of India for the upcoming ICC T20I World Cup 2020.
|January 5th||Baraspara Stadium, Guwahati|
|January 7th||Holkar Stadium, Indore|
|January 10th||MCA Stadium, Pune|
Australia tour of India – January 14th – January 19th
The 3-match ODI series against Australia will follow the series against Sri Lanka. It will be played between January 14th to January 19th. The first ODI will be played in Mumbai on 14th while the second and the third ODI matches are to be played on 17th and 19th at Rajkot and Bangalore.
|January 14th||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai|
|January 17th||Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot|
|January 19th||M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore|
India’s Tour Of New Zealand – January 24th – March 4th
After a long time, the Indian National Cricket Team is going to play a full-fledged series against New Zealand in their backyard. When these two met last time around in a bilateral series, the Virat Kohli-led side triumphed in the ODIs, while the Kiwis came on top in the T20Is. On the whole, India are set to play five T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests against the hosts.
|January 24th||1st T20I, Eden Park, Auckland|
|January 26th||2nd T20I, Eden Park, Auckland|
|January 29th||3rd T20I, Seddon Park, Hamilton|
|January 31st||4th T20I, Westpac Stadium, Wellington|
|February 2nd||5th T20I, Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui|
|February 5th||1st ODI, Seddon Park, Hamilton|
|February 8th||2nd ODI, Eden Park, Auckland|
|February 11th||3rd ODI, Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui|
|February 21st||1st Test, Westpac Stadium, Wellington|
|February 29th||2nd Test, Hagley Oval, Christchurch|
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South Africa tour to India – March 12th – March 18th
After playing Test series and T20I series in India in 2019, they will once again tour to India in March for a three-match ODI series. The series starts on the 12th of March in Dharmashala and ends on 18th March at the Eden Gardens. The series is expected to be a cracker of the contest.
|March 12th||1st ODI, HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala|
|March 15th||2nd ODI, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium, Lucknow|
|March 18th||3rd ODI, Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
Indian Premier League 2020 – March 28th – May 24th
Following the bilateral series, the Indian cricketers will be busy with their respective franchises in IPL 2020. It will decide the fate of the players for ICC T20I World Cup 2020.
India tour of Sri Lanka – July
Though the official dates and venues are yet to be confirmed, the news is that India will tour Sri Lanka for a three-match ODI and T20I series. The last time India visited Sri Lanka for a bilateral series was way back in 2017.
Asia Cup – September
The hosting rights for Asia Cup 2020 are with Pakistan. Thus, the participation of India in the series is yet to be known. Regarding the same, the board meeting will be held in June to decide about the fate of the tournament. This time, the tournament will be played in the T20 format.
England’s tour of India – September – October 2020
Later, the world cup champions England will tour India for a limited-over series. It is going to be a scintillating affair, as both teams will prepare for the ICC T20I World Cup 2020, with their strong squads.
ICC T20I World Cup 2020 – October-November in Australia
Following the series, the Indian team will travel to Australia for the major event. They will start their campaign against South Africa on 24th October, with their next opponent being England on November 1st. India also have Afghanistan in their group.
India’s Tour Of Australia – November 2020 – December 2020
Finally, the calendar year will end with a series against Australia. Following the World Cup, India will stay in Australia to play four Tests, and three ODIs. Last time, the Indian team won the series to create history under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. This time, the series is going to be a special affair, with a Pink Ball Test is expected to play.