The Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) has announced the schedule of 2021-22 season for home matches of Team India.
BCCI announces Team India will host four nations
BCCI declared Team India is set to host four Tests, three One-Day Internationals and as many as 14 Twenty Internationals at home in the 2021-22 season. It also includes a rare home series in June next year. The programme for the hectic home season of international cricket is set to be approved by BCCI’s apex council during its meeting on Monday.
According to the proposed fixtures for the season, India will face New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka and South Africa from November 17 to June 19 next year. In between, India will also go on a tour of South Africa in December-January.
Kanpur and Mumbai have been proposed to be the venues for the Test matches against New Zealand while Bengaluru and Mohali are set to host the Test matches against Sri Lanka in February-March 2022.
It has been noted that both the series, with two Tests each, are a part of the World Test Championship’s new cycle, which began with India’s series in England. Team India is also scheduled to host South Africa for five T20Is in June next year. This series will clash with the monsoon season in India.
Kanpur has been proposed as the venue for the Test against New Zealand that is scheduled from November 25 but the apex council might be having a discussion with Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association as per their request to instead allot the match to the new stadium in Lucknow. The council will also need to consider the possible consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak. The proposed fixtures are based on the relaxations continuing over the next six months.
Apart from this, during the meeting, BCCI discussed plans to finalise hike in match-fees for domestic cricketers and the compensation package for the domestic cricket body, including match officials, for the shortened 2020-21 season.
Team India have a very busy schedule ahead but as of now they are gearing up for the World Cup in the shortest format. The second phase of the 14th edition of Indian Premier League(IPL) is also underway in the United Arab Emirates, that will help the teams to keep a tab of the performances of the players.