London: Virat Kohli-led Team India will kick-off their 2018 cricket season with a complete tour of England, consisting of three T20s, three ODIs and five Tests. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Tuesday announced the itinery for their home season in 2018, which will start with full-fledged series against Pakistan and Australia, followed by the series against India.
This series will act as a dress rehearsal for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, scheduled to be held here in England.
The ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison spoke after releasing the schedule.
“A five-Test series against India is at the heart of next summer’s international programme," he said. “This is always a much-anticipated contest which attracts a huge following across the globe for the five-day game, " he added.
“We are pleased to have a very loyal following for all three formats of the game and we expect to attract great crowds across the summer.
"The universal on-sale date was a great success for the venues and fans last year and we will repeat that again this year. What also stays the same is that we would urge fans to apply early and plan for a big summer of cricket," he further commented.
VIrat Kohli and co are currently in Sri Lanka, having completed a clean sweep both in Tests (3-0) and ODIs (5-0) against the island nation. The Men in Blue will face the Upul Tharanga-led side in a one-off T20 on Wednesday.
Below is the complete schedule of India's tour of England next year.
3 July – 1st IT20, Emirates Old Trafford (5.30pm local time)
6 July – 2nd IT20, SSE SWALEC, Cardiff (5.30pm local time)
8 July – 3rd IT20, The Brightside Ground, Bristol (2pm local time)
12 July – 1st ODI, Trent Bridge (12.30pm local time)
14 July – 2nd ODI, Lord’s (11am local time)
17 July – 3rd ODI, Emerald Headingley (12.30pm local time)
1-5 August – 1st Test, Edgbaston
9-13 August – 2nd Test, Lord’s
18-22 August – 3rd Test, Trent Bridge
30 August-3 September – 4th Test, Ageas Bowl
7-11 September – 5th Test, Kia Oval...