All work and no play: Team India set for a full fledged 2021 cricketing season

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India will be active across the entire calender year of 2021. (DNA/ NDTV)
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The Men In Blue will be active across all the months of 2021 following a barren 2020 which only saw minimal cricketing action. The BCCI are on the lookout to honour the FTP commitments that were brought to a halt due to the pandemic. IPL 14, T20 World Cup and the World Test Championship are all in focus, as India head for a ruthless year. 

While the BCCI are yet to release an official schedule for the team, InsideSport claims that India will be subjected to 14 Test Matches, 16 ODIs & 23 T20 internationals from January to December in 2021. These estimate matches are beside the gruelling T20 action in the IPL and the long-awaited T20 World Cup and also the Asia Cup.

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India will be active across the entire calender year of 2021. (DNA/ NDTV)

The source claimed that the board has to honour the FTP commitments and added that rotation policy will be key due to the number of matches set in place.

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“We understand it will be tough on the players but we are obligated to honour FTP commitments. We have a bigger pool of talent now and players we will make sure players get ample rest before called in for India duties. Rotation policy will surely come into play”, BCCI official told InsideSport.

Following their tour of Australia, India will face visitors England in a long tour that will comprise four Tests, four ODIs and four T20Is. Following the culmination of that tour, International players will make their way to India for the 14th edition of the IPL, which takes place only six months after the previous edition.

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The upcoming edition of the tournament might see a mega auction which will result in a major shuffle of the teams. The franchises would only be allowed to retain a maximum of 3 players impacting the amount left in the purse for the auction.

Halfway mark of the year will see Virat Kohli and the men go for a limited-overs series in Sri Lanka made up of three ODIs and five T20Is. The group will stay in the neighbouring island nation after the tour for the arrival of other teams to flag off the Asia Cup 2021.

The senior players might get a breather with a short tour of Zimbabwe set in place for the month of July. The young guns will get a chance to showcase their talent in national colours across three ODIs.

Marking yet another overseas tour would be a vital trip to England across July to September. Team India will play a five-match test series which might very well determine the final of the World Test Championship.

The Men In Blue will finally set up base camp at home and will play the visiting South Africans for a limited-overs series that was originally set to take place in 2020 itself. The five-match ODI series and the three T20s will serve as a base for the T20 World Cup that is to come in the month of October-November.

Originally slated to take place in Australia this year, India will host the 2021 edition with Australia taking the next one.

To conclude the hectic year, the team will travel to South Africa for a three-match test series and three T20Is.

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