Chennai and Ahmedabad will play hosts for India’s upcoming four-Test series against England. The primary two Tests will probably be played in Chennai (February 5-9 and February 13-17), with the newly refurbished Motera stadium internet hosting the following two matches, together with the day-night Test from February 24.
Ahmedabad may even host the five-match T20I series between March 12 and 20, proper after the Test leg of the tour.
England will land in Chennai on January 27, a day after ending their Test tour of Sri Lanka, which is scheduled to be performed behind closed doorways in Galle.
Ahmedabad and Chennai, the BCCI had additionally mentioned Mohali as a possible venue for the Test series, which would be the final fixture for each India and England within the inaugural cycle of the World Test Championship. Chennai obtained choice over Mohali finally contemplating not only its proximity to Sri Lanka (roughly an hour-long flight from Colombo) but additionally the floor at Chepauk is best fitted to the Indian bowling assault.
Ahmedabad, in the meantime, was chosen primarily as a result of it has not hosted a world match for shut to 6 years and likewise occurs to be the house base for Shah, one of many two key workplace bearers within the BCCI together with the board president Sourav Ganguly.
The final worldwide match performed at Motera was the second match of the ODI series against Sri Lanka, in November 2014. The final home match was an IPL game in 2015 which Royal Challengers Bangalore won against hosts Rajasthan Royals.
The refurbished stadium at Motera, inaugurated in February by outgoing USA president Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, can accommodate 110,000 spectators, making it the biggest-capacity cricket floor on this planet.
The newly laid floor has 11 pitches. It’s understood the Gujarat Cricket Affiliation will organise at the very least one unofficial match contested between Gujarat’s home gamers forward of the Test series.
In a media launch issued on Thursday to announce the itinerary, the BCCI mentioned they’d “restricted” the England tour to simply three venues as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. India is at the moment second on the record of nations with most infections.
The BCCI has not made any touch upon whether the matches can be performed behind closed doorways or whether it will enable restricted crowds. However, directors are optimistic that crowds might come based mostly on the instructions offered by the Indian authorities.
The England tour is the primary worldwide cricket match that will probably be performed in India since March when South Africa needed to abort their limited-overs tour halfway and return dwelling as a result of the pandemic.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah mentioned the sequence promised to supply “excessive octane motion” between two groups who he described as “powerhouses” of world cricket.
“The BCCI prioritises the well-being and security of each group and can depart no stone unturned to guarantee that the tour is held adhering to all security protocols agreed by the BCCI and ECB medical groups,” Shah mentioned in a press launch.
Tom Harrison, the ECB chief government officer, mentioned he was happy with the BCCI’s planning to create a biosecure setting for the marquee series.
“Worldwide cricket between India and England is a spotlight of the cricketing calendar and at all times attracts vital ranges of curiosity from fans around the globe,” Harrison mentioned.
“Now we have been delighted with the planning that has been undertaken by the BCCI to make sure the three venues in Chennai, Ahmedabad and Pune will probably be able to host worldwide cricket in a bio-secure setting and look ahead to working intently with them over the approaching weeks to finalise these plans.