With the Covid-19 cases on decline in subcontinent, BCCI is looking forward to hosting England for a full-fledged series early next year. Though before this series team India will visit down under for limited overs leg followed by a four Test series on a 2-month long tour.
Earlier in March this year, BCCI had to cancel the ODI series against South Africa due to Covid-19. And India- England series will be the first International series in India after Covid-19 pandemic hit the world.
To make the return of cricket more fascinating, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is also planning to organize a day-night Test match against England in newly built Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera Ahmedabad.
“Ahmedabad will hold the day-night Test,” Ganguly confirmed at the Kolkata Press Club during the book launch of a book by CPI(M) MLA Ashok Bhattacharya as quoted by Hindustan Times. The Stadium is the world’s largest cricket stadium with a capacity of 1,10,000 people.
England team is scheduled to visit India in January and will stay till March for five Tests and limited-overs leg of the series. Earlier, there were speculations that UAE might host the series like ongoing 13th edition of IPL, but recent improvement in Covid-19 cases and bio-bubbles proving successful, India is more than ready to host England.
“We have made some tentative plans but nothing has been decided as of now. We still have four months’ time,” Ganguly reckoned.
Ganguly also informed that team selection for the tour of Australia in on horizon and in a few days, selectors will meet to pick the squads. He also answered whether the players will find it difficult to switch from IPL to Test mode on Australia tour after lack of game time.
“Before England, we have Australia series coming up. There will be team selection happening in a few days. They are all quality players; they will be fine,” added Ganguly.