India to Play Thirteen Tests, Eight ODIs & Three T20s This Season

The Tour Programme and Fixtures Committee of the BCCI drafted India’s schedule for this season.

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The Tour Programme and Fixtures Committee of the BCCI drafted India’s international and domestic schedule for the 2016-17 season in Mumbai on Thursday.

The men in blue are slated to play 13 Tests, 8 ODIs and 3 T20s. In the forthcoming season, Test matches will be held in Rajkot, Vizag, Pune, Dharamsala, Ranchi and Indore for the first time ever.

The home season begins with 3 Tests and 5 ODIs against New Zealand. Then, England will travel to India for a series of 5 Tests, 3 ODIs and 3 T20s.

Later, Australia and India will take on each other in the latter’s home for four Tests in February-March 2017 and then India will play one Test match against Bangladesh at home.

The Tests against New Zealand will be played at Indore, Kanpur and Kolkata. The five ODIs versus the Kiwis will be hosted at Dharamsala, Delhi, Mohali, Ranchi and Vizag.

The India-England Test series will be played at Mohali, Rajkot, Mumbai, Vizag and Chennai. Pune, Cuttack and Kolkata are slated to host the ODI series between the two countries. The T20s will be hosted at Bengaluru, Nagpur and Kanpur.

The Test matches against Australia will be hosted at Bengaluru, Dharamsala, Ranchi and Pune and the only Test against Bangladesh will be held at Hyderabad.

The matches will be held at the stipulated stadiums only if the guidelines laid down by the BCCI are fulfilled.

The domestic season, which include Ranji trophy, Duleep Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy, Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Deodhar Trophy, Irani Trophy, Women’s cricket and all other age group cricket, will consist of 918 matches and will be played from September 2016 to March 2017.

The Duleep Trophy will be played with the pink ball under lights for the first time ever.

I welcome the new Test venues hosting this prestigious format of cricket and their arrival will take Test match cricket, to every corner of the country. We are equally excited about the domestic season as we will be playing the Duleep trophy with the pink ball under lights and take this opportunity to welcome Chhattisgarh, who will play Ranji trophy for the first time.
Anurag Thakur, President, BCCI

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