England males’s dwelling worldwide schedule for 2021 will embrace a full five-Take a look at collection towards India, in addition to proposed visits from Sri Lanka and Pakistan in June and July, because the ECB lays out its plans for a return to regular service within the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The provisional schedule, introduced on Wednesday, additionally consists of two multi-format girls’s collection towards South Africa and New Zealand, and a visually impaired collection towards Australia in August, though the preparations stay provisional at this stage pending the standing of the pandemic within the new 12 months.
Having restructured their itinerary for 2020 at brief discover, principally by way of the usage of bio-secure bubbles on the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Previous Trafford, the ECB have already demonstrated their means to react to altering circumstances if wants be.
Nevertheless, with the sport having suffered losses in extra of £100 million for the 2020 summer season, following the delayed begin to the season and the absence of followers at venues all through, the board has laid out a best-case state of affairs for 2021, together with the launch of the ticket poll on Wednesday morning, with a full refund promise within the occasion of additional fan lock-outs within the new 12 months.
“We had a tremendous summer season of worldwide cricket this 12 months with some memorable performances, and we all know how a lot enjoyment it delivered to individuals while staying at dwelling,” Tom Harrison, the ECB chief government, stated.
“Subsequent 12 months we have got one other massive worldwide programme to sit up for, with the fun of a five-Take a look at collection towards India because the centre-piece, compelling white-ball collection for our women and men, and an Ashes Collection for our Visually Impaired crew.
“It is an thrilling prospect for England followers, and whereas Covid means there’s nonetheless quite a lot of uncertainty, we actually hope to have the ability to welcome followers again into the grounds safely subsequent 12 months to convey that distinctive environment to stadia throughout the nation.”
The centre-piece of the summer season would be the five-Take a look at collection towards India, whom England are set to play in an away collection in February – presumably within the UAE relying on the standing of the Covid outbreak. The collection is because of get underway on August 4 at Trent Bridge, with additional matches going down at Lord’s, Headingley and The Oval, earlier than ending up in Manchester on September 14.
Previous to that, Sri Lanka are as a result of play three ODIs from June 29 to July 4, with Pakistan arriving for 3 T20Is and three ODIs between July 8 and 20.
Nevertheless, there are ongoing discussions about additional fixtures for England’s males pending the standing of the ICC World Take a look at Championship remaining, which had been as a result of happen at Lord’s in June, however which can need to be shelved because of the Covid state of affairs. That would contain a T20I collection towards Sri Lanka, or extra Take a look at cricket, most likely against New Zealand or Ireland.