The fans are eagerly awaiting for international cricket to resume in India and BCCI Sourav Ganguly has some exciting news for them in-store. The men in blue, who will get back to their international duties in Australia on Friday, will have the Englishmen as their opponents in January. Sourav Ganguly has announced that India and England will battle in four Tests, three ODIs, and five T20Is on their visit to India.
The last taste of international cricket in India that the fans got was back in January 2020 when India and Australia battled in a three-match ODI rubber. The COVID-19 pandemic forced everything to postpone or cancel, including IPL 2020, which held in the UAE this year. Hence, there could be nothing better than England and India, who are amongst the best sides to help resume top-level cricket in India. The entire itinerary is yet to be announced.
Sourav Ganguly announced a total of 12 matches between India and England and conceded it might be comfortable for two teams to play. However, with the prediction of a second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, people need to be vigilant and monitor the situation continuously. The former Indian captain is also keen to have the IPL 2021 in India itself as he labelled it as a tournament for the nation.
“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. 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,” Ganguly said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Boys are ready to get on to the field: Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly added that the Indian team reached Australia on the 13th and will finish their quarantine period on Tuesday, which will enable them to begin their cricket. He highlighted that Australia does not have a higher number of COVID-19 cases, making it for the tourists to get on the field. India and Australia begin their battle of two months with the first of the three ODIs in Sydney on Friday.
“Team is in Australia, they reached on November 11 (13), they will finish quarantine today, the team is in Australia, they will be starting cricket, Australia does not have a high number of COVID cases, boys are ready to get on to the field,” the Prince of Kolkata added.