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India vs England series from Feb 5, renovated Motera stadium to host 2 Tests, 5 T20Is

The BCCI and ECB have released the full schedule for the India vs England series, which will start on 5 February and will comprise 4 Tests, 5 T20Is and 4 ODIs.

By: Express News Service | Updated: December 11, 2020 7:49:21 am
Motera Stadium, Motera stadium Ahmedabad, Donald Trump India visit, Trump India visit, Donald Trump Motera Stadium, Namastey Trump event, Ahmedabad news, city news, Indian ExpressFour Tests will be played instead of regulation five to accommodate the limited-overs series that had to be postponed earlier this year due to Covid. (FILE)

The renovated Sardar Patel stadium at Motera in Ahmedabad will host two Tests and five T20 internationals during England’s tour of India early next year, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said on Thursday. One of the Tests will be a day-night affair, starting February 24.

“Two Tests and five T20 internationals between India and England will be played in Ahmedabad. The third and fourth Tests will be played in Ahmedabad. The third Test will be a pink-ball, day-night Test, while the fourth Test will be a day game. The day-night Test will be played from February 24,” Shah told reporters at the inauguration of the Gujarat Cricket Association’s indoor cricket academy in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

In a press release, the BCCI and ECB later on Thursday announced the fixtures for Team India’s home series against England.

“The much-awaited marquee series will kickstart with a 4-match Test series for Anthony de Mello Trophy, the first of which will be played in Chennai from the 5th of February. Chennai will also host the second Test while the newly built Sardar Patel Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad will host the remaining two Test matches,” it said.

“The last leg of the tour will feature ODIs and all three matches will be held in Pune. The BCCI has restricted the tour to just three venues keeping in mind the current pandemic situation prevailing in the country,” it added.

Parthiv Patel Parthiv Patel was also present with BCCI secretary Jay Shah on Wednesday. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Former India ‘keeper-batsman Parthiv Patel, who announced his retirement on Wednesday, was felicitated on the occasion.

The new Motera stadium is said to be the world’s largest cricket stadium with a seating capacity of 110,000, built at a cost of Rs 700 crore. It was set for a gala opening through an exhibition match between Asia XI and World XI in March this year, but the pandemic forced a cancellation.

Full Schedule

1st Test — 5-9 Feb

2nd Test — 13-17 Feb

3rd Test — 24-28 Feb

4th Test — 4-8 Mar

1st T20I — 12 Mar

2nd T20I — 14 Mar

3rd T20I — 16 Mar

4th T20I — 18 Mar

5th T20I — 20 Mar

1st ODI — 23 Mar

2nd ODI — 26 Mar

4rd ODI — 28 Mar

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