India to play five Tests in England as ECB announces schedule for 2021

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Wednesday announced its schedule for 2021. Joe Root and co. will host India for a five-match Test series from August to September 2021. Trent Bridge, Lord`s, Headingley, The Oval, and Old Trafford will be the venues for the series with the first game starting from August 4. The tour will conclude on September 14, the scheduled last day of the fifth Test at Emirates Old Trafford. "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," ECB said in an official statement. We have announced our plans to host a full summer of international cricket in 2021! — England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 18, 2020 ECB also set out plans to host international series across men`s, women`s, and disability cricket in 2021. The Three Lions will also play three ODIs against Sri Lanka and will tour Pakistan for the first time in 16 years to play three ODIs and as many T20Is. The women`s team, meanwhile, is set to play South Africa in an ODI Series and T20I series before hosting New Zealand in an ODI and T20I series. The Visually Impaired team, on the other hand, is also planning to host Australia in a limited-overs series in August, subject to COVID-19 restrictions. They 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 finalized. "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," said Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, in an official statement. "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 centerpiece, compelling white ball series for our men and women, and an Ashes Series for our Visually Impaired team," he added.