India to play 5 Tests, 5 ODIs and one-off T20 against England in 2014; ECB announce tour itinerary

Team India will reach UK on June 23, 2014 © PTI

London: Sep 2, 2013

India will play five Tests in England for the first time since 1959 during next year’s tour, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Monday.

The tour schedule also sees 50-over world champions India, who beat England by five runs in the Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston in June, involved in five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and a Twenty20 International (T20I).

Later Monday, the ECB confirmed Sri Lanka would be England’s initial visitors in the 2014 season.

Sri Lanka’s programme of international fixtures against England will start with a Twenty20 match in May followed by five One-Day Internationals and two Tests, the first at Lord’s in London and the second at Yorkshire’s Headingley headquarters in Leeds, northern England.

Three of the five India Tests will be played at southern venues, Lord’s and The Oval, also in London, plus Southampton’s Rose Bowl although, as the latter is a relatively new international ground, the Test there is still subject to confirmation following an ECB inspection visit.

Nottingham’s Trent Bridge in the English Midlands will stage the first Test with the fourth at Manchester’s Old Trafford in the north of the country.

Bowlers on both sides may be concerned by a schedule which sees five Tests due to be crammed into the space of just over a month.

The fact cricket is the leading sport in India, the world’s second most populous nation, makes the country the economic powerhouse of the global game.

This is reflected in the hugely lucrative television deals the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) can command, as well as its promotion of the Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL) which sees many of the world’s top players earning millions of dollars to play for franchise teams.

Meanwhile the large Indian expatriate community in Britain means matches involving the India national side in England usually attract large crowds.

This was clearly seen during India’s 2011 tour of England when more than 850,000 spectators, a record for an international season saw India defeated four-nil in the Test series and three-nil in the one-dayers, with the T20s shared at 1-1.

“This will be the first time England has hosted India in a five Test series in more than 50 years and the length of the series reflects the iconic status which contests between these two great cricketing nations now enjoy,” said ECB chief executive David Collier in a statement issued Monday.

“We anticipate significant demand for tickets both for the Test series, and for the One-Day International series which will be the first encounter between these two countries in the 50-over format since India’s triumph in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy competition at Edgbaston earlier this year.”

In India last year, England won a four-match Test series — Alastair Cook’s first as full-time England captain — 2-1 before sharing a two-match Twenty20 series and then losing a five-match one-day campaign 3-2.

Sri Lanka last visited England in 2011 when they lost a three-match Test contest 1-0 and the one-dayers 3-2 before taking the T20 series 1-0.

India 2014 tour of England itinerary:

Jun 23: India team arrives in UK

Jun 26-28: Three-day tour match vs Leicestershire, Leicester

Jul 01-03: Three-day tour match vs Derbyshire, Derby

Jul 09-13: 1st Test, Trent Bridge

Jul 17-21: 2nd Test, Lord’s

Jul 27-31: 3rd Test, Rose Bowl

Aug 07-11: 4th Test, Old Trafford

Aug 15-19: 5th Test, The Oval

Aug 22: 50-over match, vs Middlesex, Lord’s

Aug 25: 1st ODI, Bristol

Aug 27: 2nd ODI, Cardiff

Aug 30: 3rd ODI ,Trent Bridge

Sep 02: 4th ODI, Edgbaston

Sep 05: 5th ODI, Headingley

Sep 07: T20, Edgbaston

Sep 08: India team departs UK

Note: Test at Rose Bowl subject to confirmation following final facility inspection.

Sri Lanka 2014 tour of England itinerary — international fixtures:

May 20: T20, The Oval

May 22: 1st ODI, The Oval

May 25: 2nd ODI, Chester-le-Street

May 28: 3rd ODI, Old Trafford

May 31: 4th ODI, Lord’s

Jun 03: 5th ODI, Edgbaston

Jun 12-16: 1st Test, Lord’s

Jun 20-24: 2nd Test, Headingley

Note: Details of Sri Lanka’s tour matches against the counties will be announced in due course.