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India vs England: Motera Stadium to Host 5 T20Is, Two Tests including IND vs ENG Pink-ball Test in 2021

The Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad will host the pink-ball Test between India and England slated to start on February 24, 2021.

India vs England: Motera Stadium to Host 5 T20Is, Two Tests including IND vs ENG Pink-ball Test in 2021

The Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad will host the pink-ball Test between India and England slated to start on February 24, 2021.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah on Thursday said that the newly-built stadium will host five T20Is and a couple of Tests when the England side visits India for a four-match Test and T20I series. After inaugurating an indoor academy at the newly constructed stadium, Shah put out a tweet saying that the stadium will be "ready to host #IndvsEng games in Feb-March, 2020".

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“The Test series will commence on February 7 and the day-night Test will be played in Ahmedabad (at the Motera Stadium) from February 24,” Shah said speaking to journalists at the venue.

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Parthiv Patel, who had announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday, was also a part of the inauguration ceremony. International cricket in India came to an abrupt halt in March 2020 owing to the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak that saw South Africa cancel their series midway. The Indian Premier League 2020 was played in the UAE while domestic cricket is yet to restart in India. The Indian team is current;y in Australia that ends January 19. England are likely to travel to India after playing a series in Sri Lanka in January next year.

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Earlier, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had confirmed that the tour will have four Test matches and not five as originally planned. The decision to scrap a Test has been taken as 2021 will see the ICC T20 World Cup later in the year in India. Two T20Is have been added to the series, taking the total to five T20s apart from four Tests and three ODIs.

"England is touring India for four Test matches, three ODIs, and five T20Is," Ganguly said. "It is easier to have bilaterals than having eight-nine-ten teams, which gets difficult, but we have to keep assessing the situation.

"A lot of people are talking about the second Covid wave. We're already hearing of cases being on the rise again in Mumbai and Delhi, so we have to be careful and make sure everything is in order."

Ganguly had said BCCI was working towards having the series and IPL 2021 in India, but confirmed that UAE will be a back up venue. The UAE had successfully hosted IPL 2020, which Mumbai Indians won.

"The next IPL is five months away and we're very much trying to have it in India," Ganguly said. "I always tell people that they need to be here to see what the IPL means to India. We're also going to be hosting domestic cricket in India."

The complete fixtures of the tour are as below:-

England’s tour of India, 2020/21 – Test series

1 5th - 9th Feb 1st Test Chennai

2 13th - 17th Feb 2nd Test Chennai

3 24th – 28th Feb 3rd Test (D/N) Ahmedabad

4 4th – 8th March 4th Test Ahmedabad

England’s tour of India, 2020/21 – T20I series

1 12th March 1st T20I Ahmedabad

2 14th March 2nd T20I Ahmedabad

3 16th March 3rd T20I Ahmedabad

4 18th March 4th T20I Ahmedabad

5 20th March 5th T20I Ahmedabad

England’s tour of India, 2020/21 – ODI series

1 23rd March 1st ODI Pune

2 26th March 2nd ODI Pune

3 28th March 3rd ODI Pune



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