- England Men to play in India in February and March
- Four Tests, Five IT20s and three ODIs planned
- Three venues to be used in Chennai, Ahmadabad and Pune
- England set to become the first touring team to play in the newly-built stadium in Ahmadabad
The schedule for England Men's tour of India has been confirmed. England will play four Tests, five IT20s and three ODIs in February and March 2021 across three venues.
The touring party will arrive on 27 January directly into Chennai from Colombo.
The first two Tests of the tour will take place in Chennai on 5-9 February and 13-17 February at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
The third and fourth Tests will be staged on 24-28 February and 4-8 March at the redeveloped Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, which opened earlier this year and is the largest cricket stadium in the world with a capacity of 110,000.
The third Test will be a day-night match, and this will be the first time both countries have played each other in a day-night Test.
The white-ball leg of the tour commences with five IT20s all taking place at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad from 12 March to the 20 March.
Eoin Morgan's men will conclude the tour in Pune with three ODIs taking place on 23 March, 26 March and 28 March at the MCA Stadium.
Jay Shah, BCCI Honorary Secretary, said:
"The BCCI prioritises health and safety of both teams and will leave no stone unturned to make sure that the tour is held adhering to all safety protocols agreed by the BCCI and ECB medical teams.
"Both Boards have worked closely to put together an exciting series that promises to provide high octane action between two powerhouses of world cricket.
"This will be India's first bilateral series at home since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and the home season will bring back joy to cricket fans."
Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, said:
"International cricket between India and England is a highlight of the cricketing calendar and always attracts significant levels of interest from fans around the world.
"We have been delighted with the planning that has been undertaken by the BCCI to ensure the three venues in Chennai, Ahmadabad and Pune will be ready to host international cricket in a bio-secure environment and look forward to working closely with them over the coming weeks to finalise those plans.
"The prospect of becoming the first international side to play at the magnificent Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad adds an extra dimension to the tour and I know will be something that is a highlight for both the players and management."
England Men's Tour of India
Wednesday 27 January: Touring party arrives in India
Friday 5-9 February: 1st Test match – India v England, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Saturday 13-17 February: 2nd Test match – India v England, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Wednesday 24-28 February: 3rd Test match - India v England, Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
Thursday 4-8 March: 4th Test match – India v England, Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
Friday 12 March: 1st IT20 – India v England, Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
Sunday 14 March: 2nd IT20 – India v England, Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
Tuesday 16 March: 3rd IT20 - India v England, Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
Thursday 18 March: 4th IT20 - India v England, Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
Saturday 20 March: 5th IT20 - India v England, Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
Tuesday 23 March: 1st ODI - India v England, MCA Stadium, Pune
Friday 26 March: 2nd ODI - India v England, MCA Stadium, Pune
Sunday 28 March: 3rd ODI - India v England, MCA Stadium, Pune
Monday 29 March: Touring party departs India