England men’s cricket team are planning to play a full set of international fixtures around the country in 2021 in the hope that the bio-secure bubbles of 2020 will not be necessary – and fans can return.
After a Covid hit summer playing in just two venues throughout, England will go to Old Trafford just twice next year and none at all to the Ageas Bowl after they helped the ECB ‘keep the lights on’ this year.
With The Hundred also due to be launched the main event will be a five Test series against India, with Sri Lanka and Pakistan completing a fully sub continental feel with a trio of white ball series.
England’s women are expecting to host both South Africa and New Zealand, with dates and venues to be confirmed.
Sri Lanka kick things off with a three match ODI series starting on June 29at the Emirates Riverside in Durham but they could yet add two further Tests to their tour depending on the scheduling for the World Test Championship.
The final of that Championship is slated for Lord’s in June, and once it has been confirmed, the extra matches against Sri Lanka will be arranged.
Pakistan are next up with a three match ODI series followed by three T20s, the first of at least five between the teams with England announcing their first tour of Pakistan for 16 years in October.
And with The Hundred running in the background, Virat Kohli will bring his Test side, currently the No.1 team in the world, for five matches starting at Trent Bridge on August 4.
ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said: “We had an amazing summer of international cricket this year with some memorable performances, and we know how much enjoyment it brought to people whilst staying at home.
“Next year we’ve got another big international programme to look forward to, with the thrill of a five-Test series against India as the centrepiece, compelling white ball series for our men and women, and an Ashes Series for our Visually Impaired team.
“It’s an exciting prospect for England fans, and while Covid means there’s still a great deal of uncertainty, we really hope to be able to welcome fans back into the grounds safely next year to bring that unique atmosphere to stadia across the country.”
For most host venues, tickets for the men’s matches are initially available via a ticket ballot, with details on each host venue’s website. General sale tickets are available on 12 January 2021.
Ballots for Men’s Internationals have opened today. The outlook around Covid-19 remains uncertain and so venues and dates are provisional and subject to change.
All ticket purchasers are provided with a Ticket Refund Promise to guard against the potential impact of Covid-19 next summer.
This ensures fans will get a refund if their ticket is cancelled due to full crowds not returning to stadiums due to Covid-19, or if they are unable to attend a match they purchased a ticket for because of a change in date or venue for that match.
Provisional 2021 England Men’s home internationals
Royal London Series against Sri Lanka
Tue 29 June England v Sri Lanka 1st ODI Emirates Riverside, Durham
Thu 1 July England v Sri Lanka 2nd ODI Kia Oval
Sun 4 July England v Sri Lanka 3rd ODI Bristol County Ground
Royal London Series against Pakistan
Thu 8 July England v Pakistan 1st ODI Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Sat 10 July England v Pakistan 2nd ODI Lord’s
Tue 13 July England v Pakistan 3rd ODI Edgbaston
Vitality IT20 Series against Pakistan
Fri 16 July England v Pakistan 1st IT20 Trent Bridge
Sun 18 July England v Pakistan 2nd IT20 Emerald Headingley
Tue 20 July England v Pakistan 3rd IT20 Emirates Old Trafford
Test Series against India
Wed 4-8 Aug England v India 1st Test Match Trent Bridge
Thu 12-16 Aug England v India 2nd Test Match Lord’s
Wed 25-29 Aug England v India 3rd Test Match Emerald Headingley
Thu 2-6 Sept England v India 4th Test Match Kia Oval
Fri 10-14 Sept England v India 5th Test Match Emirates Old Trafford