27th November 2020

A NEWS ROOM

GIVE NEWS A LITTLE MORE TIME

England back on the road to play a full summer of cricket in 2021 – hopefully in front of fans

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.

Zak Crawley will be hoping for more of the same in 2021

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.”

ECB chief Tom Harrison is delighted with the plans

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




Source link

You May Also Be Interested