BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has recently confirmed Team India’s first tour of 2021 where they will play against England at the start of the year. The much-awaited series will be the start of international cricket in India. This will be India’s first home series as well. India’s last home series was in January this year when they took on Australia in a three-match ODI series.
He has also said that the BCCI is trying their best to host as many domestic matches possible this year. In a letter addressed to the state associations, Sourav Ganguly shared that India will start hosting tournaments next year and the 50-over World Cup in 2023 as well, as per the report of Mumbai Mirror.
Rest of the schedule will be the same and the BCCI will continue to honour FTP commitments too. Sourav Ganguly also confirmed that IPL 2021 will take place at the same window.
“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,” he added.
“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,” further added Sourav Ganguly.
Team India has last played the Test series against New Zealand in early March before the COVID-19 pandemic brought the entire world into a standstill. Currently, the BCCI is eyeing to play this year’s Indian Premier League which will be played in UAE from September 19 to November 10. After that, they will take on Australia in the four-match Test series.