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ECB confirm international fixtures for 2021

ECB confirm international fixtures for 2021

Emirates Old Trafford to host Pakistan and India next summer

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has today confirmed the international fixtures across men's, women's and disability cricket in 2021. 

Emirates Old Trafford will host Pakistan in an IT20 on Tuesday 20 July and then the fifth and final Test Match of the summer, against India starting on Friday 10 September.

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Building on this summer’s behind closed door men’s and women’s internationals, which Emirates Old Trafford and the Ageas Bowl hosted, the ECB is preparing to stage matches at grounds across England and Wales next year.

A five-Test series against India is planned to headline the men’s international summer, following a Royal London Series against Sri Lanka and a Royal London Series and Vitality IT20 Series against Pakistan.

Current plans see England Women set to play South Africa in a Royal London Series and Vitality IT20 Series before hosting New Zealand in a Royal London Series and Vitality IT20 Series.

The England Visually Impaired team is also planning to host Australia in a limited-overs series in August, subject to Covid-19 restrictions. England hold the Ashes after their resounding success in Adelaide four years ago with fixtures and dates for next summer’s series also yet to be finalised.

Discussions about further series are continuing with the possibility of scheduling additional men’s bilateral cricket in June including Test cricket and a Vitality IT20 Series against Sri Lanka. The ECB will be able to further progress these plans when the detailed scheduling arrangements for the World Test Championship Final, proposed to take place in June 2021, have been finalised by ICC.

Ballots for Men’s Internationals have opened today. The outlook around Covid-19 remains uncertain and so venues and dates are provisional and subject to change.

All ticket purchasers are provided with a Ticket Refund Promise to guard against the potential impact of Covid-19 next summer. This ensures fans will get a refund if their ticket is cancelled due to full crowds not returning to stadiums due to Covid-19, or if they are unable to attend a match they purchased a ticket for because of a change in date or venue for that match.

ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said: “We had an amazing summer of international cricket this year with some memorable performances, and we know how much enjoyment it brought to people whilst staying at home.

“Next year we’ve got another big international program to look forward to, with the thrill of a five-Test series against India as the centrepiece, compelling white ball series for our men and women, and an Ashes Series for our Visually Impaired team. It’s an exciting prospect for England fans, and while Covid means there’s still a great deal of uncertainty, we really hope to be able to welcome fans back into the grounds safely next year to bring that unique atmosphere to stadia across the country.”

For most host venues, tickets for the men’s matches are initially available via a ticket ballot, with details on each host venue’s website. General sale tickets are available on 12 January 2021.

Dates and venues for the women’s series will be confirmed and tickets are expected to go on sale next year. Fixtures and dates for the visually impaired series are also yet to be confirmed.

England Men’s Royal London Series against Sri Lanka

The first scheduled series in this initial announcement will see Eoin Morgan’s World Cup-winning team host Sri Lanka in a three-match Royal London Series.

Tue 29 June       England v Sri Lanka 1st ODI          Emirates Riverside, Durham

Thu 1 July          England v Sri Lanka 2nd ODI         Kia Oval

Sun 4 July          England v Sri Lanka 3rd ODI         Bristol County Ground

England Men’s Series against Pakistan

Pakistan are set to return to England for two series after they played matches behind closed doors in England this summer.

Royal London Series

Thu 8 July           England v Pakistan 1st ODI           Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Sat 10 July          England v Pakistan 2nd ODI          Lord’s

Tue 13 July          England v Pakistan 3rd ODI          Edgbaston

Vitality IT20 Series

Fri 16 July           England v Pakistan 1st IT20          Trent Bridge

Sun 18 July         England v Pakistan 2nd IT20          Emerald Headingley

Tue 20 July        England v Pakistan 3rd IT20     Emirates Old Trafford

England Men’s Test Series against India

The Test series against India is due to conclude the Men’s international summer, with Tests at Trent Bridge, Lord’s, Emerald Headingley, the Kia Oval and Emirates Old Trafford.

Wed 4-8 Aug                    England v India 1st Test Match       Trent Bridge

Thu 12-16 Aug                 England v India 2nd Test Match       Lord’s

Wed 25-29 Aug                England v India 3rd Test Match        Emerald Headingley

Thu 2-6 Sept                    England v India 4th Test Match        Kia Oval

Fri 10-14 Sept                England v India 5th Test Match    Emirates Old Trafford

England vs India 2021: Ticket ballot open

The ticket ballot is now open for England's final Test of the 2021 summer against India at Emirates Old Trafford between 10-14 September*. 

Ballot applications close on Friday 11 December.

*Dates are provisional and subject to change and tickets are sold on the basis of currently known information. Terms and conditions apply, detail of which can be found here.

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