India to play four Tests in England in 2011

April 20th, 2008 - 7:21 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) India will tour England in 2011 for a series of four Tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 international. The Tests will be held at the Lord’s, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston and The Oval, though the exact schedule will be finalised later, England and Wales cricket board (ECB) announced Sunday.

The ECB also decided on the venues for the ODIs - Cardiff, Durham, Lord’s, The Oval and Hampshire’s Rose Bowl. The venue for the T20 match will be decided later.

“I am delighted that India will play four Test matches on their tour of England and Wales in 2011,” said ECB’s chief executive David Collier.

“The ECB has been strong and consistent in its insistence that Test cricket is still the predominant form of the game.”

England are slated to tour India in November this year for a series of two Tests and seven one-dayers. The Indian board will host Australia before that for four Tests and therefore could not accommodate a third Test for England.

“We would have liked to have played a third Test this winter before the start of Australia’s tour to India, which starts a week later than originally planned. So the third Test was feasible,” Collier said.

“The ECB was also determined that the tour should finish as scheduled under the Future Tours Programme to give the England players the maximum rest period before they embark on the Test and ODI trip to the Caribbean.”

India last toured England in 2007, winning the three-Test series 1-0. England won the one-day series 4-3.

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