England plan for full calendar and return of crowds in 2021 home season with a full five-Test collection towards India, in addition to proposed visits from Sri Lanka and Pakistan in June and July, because the ECB lays out its plans for a return to regular service within the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
England plans return of crowds in 2021 home season
The provisional schedule, introduced on Wednesday, additionally contains two multi-format girls’ collection towards South Africa and New Zealand, and a visually impaired collection towards Australia in August, though the preparations stay provisional at this stage pending the standing of the pandemic within the new yr.
Having restructured their itinerary for 2020 at quick discover, principally via using bio-secure bubbles on the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Previous Trafford, the ECB have already demonstrated their capacity to react to altering circumstances if wants to be.
However, with the sport having suffered losses in extra of £100 million for the 2020 summer season, following the delayed beginning to the season and the absence of followers at venues all through, the board has laid out a best-case state of affairs for 2021, together with the launch of the ticket poll on Wednesday morning, with a full refund promise within the occasion of additional fan lock-outs within the new yr.
“We had a tremendous summer season of worldwide cricket this yr with some memorable performances, and we all know how a lot of enjoyment it dropped at individuals while staying at the residence,” Tom Harrison, the ECB chief govt, mentioned.
“Subsequent yr we have got one other huge worldwide program to stay up for, with the joys of a five-Test collection towards India because of the centrepiece, compelling white-ball collection for our women and men, and an Ashes Collection for our Visually Impaired staff.
“It is a thrilling prospect for England followers, and whereas COVID-19 means there’s nonetheless quite a lot of uncertainty, we actually hope to have the ability to welcome followers again into the grounds safely subsequent yr to convey that distinctive environment to stadia throughout the nation.”
The centre-piece of summer would be the five-Test collection towards India, whom England is set to play in an away collection in February – probably within the UAE relying on the standing of the COVID-19 outbreak. The collection is because to getting underway on August Four at Trent Bridge, with additional matches happening at Lord’s, Headingley and The Oval, earlier than ending up in Manchester on September 14.
Previous to that, Sri Lanka is on account of play three ODIs from June 29 to July 4, with Pakistan arriving for 3 T20Is and three ODIs between July eight and 20.
However, there are ongoing discussions about additional fixtures for England’s males pending the standing of the ICC World Test Championship closing, which had been on account of happening at Lord’s in June, however, which can need to be shelved as a result of COVID-19 state of affairs. That would contain a T20I collection towards Sri Lanka, or further Test cricket, most likely against New Zealand or Ireland.