Sourav Ganguly clarified that the board is determined to host England in India and is considering all the possible options.
The Indian cricket team is all set to resume international cricket with a tour of Australia in December followed by the England tour of India early next year. India’s last international tour was against New Zealand where they had played five T20I matches, 3 ODIs and 2 Test matches. The ODI series against South Africa was postponed owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Reports suggest that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to organize a day-night Test match against England in Ahmedabad next year. England are scheduled to visit India from January-March for five Tests and a limited-overs series.
“Ahmedabad will hold the day-night Test,” Ganguly said at the Kolkata Press Club during the book launch of a book by CPI(M) MLA Ashok Bhattacharya as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Sourav Ganguly opines on India tour of Australia
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League was shifted to United Arab Emirates (UAE). On the same note, it was speculated that the games against England will also be hosted in UAE as the number of coronavirus cases are on a rise in India.
However, former Indian captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly clarified that the board is determined to host England in India and is considering all the possible options. Ahmedabad, Dharamsala and Kolkata are likely to be the three venues for the Test series, as per reports.
“We have made some tentative plans but nothing has been decided as of now. We still have four months’ time,” Ganguly reckoned.
Speaking about the India tour of Australia, Ganguly revealed that the board’s prime concern is the Australian tour and the team will be finalized in the coming few days. India will tour Australia in December-January for a four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy including a three-match ODI and T20I series.
“Before England, we have Australia series coming up. There will be team selection happening in a few days,” Ganguly said.
On being asked if it would be difficult for players to switching to the Test format immediately after the IPL, the former India captain added: “They are all quality players, they will be fine.”