Rohit Fit For Border-Gavaskar Test Series: BCCI Announces Fixtures For England’s Tour Of India

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler looks on as India batsman Rohit Sharma hits out only to be caught by Stuart Broad (not pictured) during day three of the 3rd Investec Test between England and India at Ageas Bowl on July 29, 2014 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Some respite for the Indian team ahead of Test Series, Opener Rohit Sharma has been declared fit by the physios at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) following his hamstring during the Indian Premier League.

The BCCI had informed of the decision to add Rohit to the squad for the Test series against Australia after initially excluding him from the tour due to the hamstring injury.

“The BCCI Medical Team has been monitoring Rohit Sharma’s fitness and has briefed All-India Senior Selection Committee on the same. In consultation with Sharma, it has been decided to rest him for the ODIs and T20Is in Australia to regain full fitness and he has been included in India’s Test squad for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy,” the BCCI said in a release on November 9.

Due to strict quarantine rules, Rohit won’t be able to play the first two matches.

This is not the only update from the cricket board. It also announced the fixtures for Team India’s home series against England. The news of the first series on Indian soil post lockdown was music to the ears.

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BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed that the Indian team will play a day-night test against England from February 24 in Ahmedabad. Shah also said that the four-match Test series will start from February 7.

The much-awaited marquee series will kickstart with a four-match Test series for the Anthony de Mello Trophy, the first of which will be played in Chennai from February 5.

Chennai will also host the second Test, beginning February 13, while the newly built Sardar Patel Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad will host the remaining two Tests, to be played from Feb 24-28 and March 4-8 respectively.

Motera is the largest cricket stadium in the world and has a seating capacity of 1,10,000. It will host India’s second Day-Night Test match at home after the huge success of India’s first-ever pink-ball Test that was played in Kolkata last year. Ahmedabad is expected to turn pink when it hosts the third Test on February 24 under lights.

The iconic Test will be followed by the five-match T20I series, which will also be held in Ahmedabad.

The last leg of the tour will feature ODIs and all three matches will be held in Pune. The board said that it has restricted the tour to just three venues “keeping in mind the current pandemic situation prevailing in the country.”

“The BCCI prioritizes the health and safety of both teams and will leave no stone unturned to make sure that the tour is held adhering to all safety protocols agreed by the BCCI and ECB medical teams. Both boards have worked closely to put together an exciting series that promises to provide high octane action between two powerhouses of world cricket. This will be India’s first bilateral series at home since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and the home season will bring back joy to cricket fans.” Shah said in a statement.

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