India had a tight back-to-back overseas schedule in 2018 and early 2019 as they toured South Africa, England, Australia and New Zealand. They recently played in the ICC World Cup in England and Wales and are now gearing up for their Caribbean tour. After having crashed out of the premier event in the semi-finals where they lost to finalists New Zealand, the Men in Blue look forward to bilateral assignments.
India will kick off their month-long tour of the West Indies on August 3 when they take on the Caribbeans in the first two of the threeT20Is at Lauderhill, Florida, US while the third will be played in Guyana. The two teams then play in three ODIs and that will be followed by two Tests between August 22 and September 3 which will also be part of the ICC Test Championship that will culminate in June 2021.
India will have all home assignments once their West Indies tour concludes in early September. They play South Africa, Bangladesh and again the Windies at home till December 2019 to wrap up the eventful year. India had beaten Australia in a Test series in their den early this year and followed it up with a 4-1 victory over New Zealand in ODIs on their soil.
India’s packed home season
India will play South Africa in three T20Is and as many Tests between September 15 and October 19. This is the first time the Proteas will be touring India since their 0-3 loss in 2015. The first T20I will be held in Dharamsala while the next two will be played in Mohali and Bengaluru. The three Tests will be played in Vishakhapatnam, Ranchi and Pune.
From November 3, India will be taking on Bangladesh in two series comprising three T20Is and two Tests. The three T20Is will be played in Delhi, Rajkot and Nagpur. They will play the two Tests in Indore and Kolkata starting November 14 and 22, respectively. This is the first time that Bangladesh will be playing in a Test series in India. Their only appearance in whites in India so far has been in a one-off game in 2016-17.
Between December 6 and 22, the Virat Kohli-led side will play three T20Is and three ODIs against the West Indies. While the 20-over matches will be played in Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram and Hyderabad, the 50-over games will take place in Chennai, Vishakhapatnam and Cuttack.
Here’s India’s home season schedule:
South Africa tour of India (3 T20Is, 3 Tests)
September 15 – 1st T20I – Dharamsala
September 18 – 2nd T20I – Mohali
September 22 – 3rd T20I – Bengaluru
October 2-6 – 1st Test – Visakhapatnam
October 10-14 – 2nd Test – Ranchi
October 19-23 – 3rd Test – Pune
Bangladesh tour of India
November 3 – 1st T20I – Delhi
November 7 – 2nd T20I – Rajkot
November 10 – 3rd T20I – Nagpur
November 14-18 – 1st Test – Indore
November 22-26 – 2nd Test – Kolkata
West Indies tour of India
December 6 – 1st T20I – Mumbai
December 8 – 2nd T20I – Thiruvananthapuram
December 11 – 3rd T20I – Hyderabad
December 15 – 1st ODI – Chennai
December 18 – 2nd ODI – Visakhapatnam
December 22 – 3rd ODI – Cuttack
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