England cricketers to arrive in India in two phases for the Test series against India

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After having registered a convincing win over Australia, Team India are all set to take on England at home next. However, the England cricket team will reach India in two groups for the upcoming four-match Test series, starting from February 5 in Chennai.

The Joe Root-led England team is currently in Sri Lanka and they will reach India on January 27. But, the group of players who didn’t take part of the England Test squad in Sri Lanka, will travel directly from the UK to India on January 22 as well.

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“The main group from Sri Lanka will arrive on 27th January. We also have a smaller group leaving on the 22nd January,” a top official of the England team management has said to Hindustan Times. This also refers to that vice-captain Ben Stokes, who is not with the squad in Sri Lanka and will join the side for the upcoming series in India.

The two groups of England players will be under strict quarantine in Chennai, which will be their base at first, whereas the quarantine period and protocols will be declared later.

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“The directives are still to be confirmed by the BCCI. We will be under quarantine. That quarantine period is still to be confirmed by the BCCI,” the official added.

“There are always concerns, but our protocols and efforts in keeping safe are excellent. These protocols will continue to be implemented in India. We remain vigilant and respectful of the Sri Lankan authorities and we will do everything that is possible to keep our players and the general population safe. We will do the same in India,” he again shared.

Meanwhile, India have announced their squad for the first two Tests against England where their regular captain Virat Kohli has returned and Ishant Sharma has been added after he became match-fit. But young opener Prithvi Shaw and right-arm pace bowler Navdeep Saini have been dropped.

Here is the full schedule:

India vs England 2021, Test series Schedule

1st Test: Chennai | 5th Feb-9th Feb

2nd Test: Chennai | 13th Feb-17th Feb

3rd Test: Ahmedabad | 24th Feb-28th Feb (D/N)

4th Test: Ahmedabad | 4th-8th March

India vs England 2021, T20I series Schedule

1st T20I: Ahmedabad | 12th March

2nd T20I: Ahmedabad | 14th March

3rd T20I: Ahmedabad | 16th March

4th T20I: Ahmedabad | 18th March

5th T20I: Ahmedabad | 20th March

India vs England 2021, ODI series schedule

1st ODI: Pune | 23rd March

2nd ODI: Pune | 26th March

3rd ODI: Pune, 28th March

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