India vs England: BCCI make changes in the home series

The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) has decided to make slight changes to England’s tour of India in 2021. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmed on November 24 that India will play four tests matches at home against England instead of five. In the limited over series, the two teams will play five T-20 games instead of the initially proposed three games.

BCCI has taken this decision to give the Indian team a chance to get more T-20 practice ahead of the 2021 World Cup in the country. The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently kicked off the countdown for the tournament as BCCI is determined to host the event in India despite the scare of the second wave of coronavirus.

The four tests are set to be part of the test championship. India dropped to the second position in the table after ICC tweaked the rules after numerous series was cancelled due to the pandemic. The men in blue will need to win at least a couple of tests against Australia next month and pray for a favour from West Indies and Pakistan against New Zealand. If the test series against England takes place in India, then the home side should be favourites due to the formidable record in subcontinent conditions.

Along with playing England at home, India is also set to play them away from home in the second half of 2021. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) released the schedule for the five-match test series against India this month. The two teams have been dominating in their home conditions, so there is a strong chance of both series having one-sided results with a competitive edge. As of now, the immediate focus of the team will be on the white-ball series against Australia which begins on November 27.

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