The long wait continues as the Board of Control for Cricket in India has denied allowing spectators in the stadium during England tour of India. English cricketers are going to play against the Men in Blue from February 5 to March 28, 2021. Both nations will play four Test matches followed by five T20 Internationals and three One Day Internationals.
The board had to take this decision as they don't want to take any risk regarding the players' safety. Furthermore, both teams will have to undergo harsh quarantine and rounds of coronavirus tests before entering the bio-bubble.
Earlier, only a specific number of fans would be allowed to witness live games in the stadiums. This was because India's central government had given permissions for the spectators' presence in the sporting activities. However, the Indian cricket board has decided against this and will be hosting the entire tour in a biosecure bubble. England and India will play all the matches across three venues: Chennai, Ahmedabad, and Pune.
BCCI will allow the Indian players to visit their homes
Keeping in mind the players' mental health, the Indian board will permit the players to visit their homes. The players who did not go out of the bio-bubble since August can visit their respective families. They can spend some quality time with their families before re-joining the bio-bubble. The series will kick off from February 5 with a Test match at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Several Indian cricketers including Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Siraj, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, and others didn't return to India, on August 2020. These players have been continuously living in a biosecure bubble.
Earlier, the entire Indian contigent had flown to the United Arab Emirates in August to participate in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. From there, they boarded a flight to Sydney to take part in the Australia tour. The entire series was comprised of three-match T20I and ODI series followed by four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
The forthcoming four-match Test series against England will be part of the ICC World Test Championship. India have played 122 Test against England. In that, they have won 26 of them. England have won 47, and 49 have ended in draws.