Team India set to play almost 63 international matches in 2018-19 season
During the season, team India will play as many as 30 ODIs, 21 T20Is and 12 Test matches.
Published - Feb 17, 2018 7:56 pm | Updated - Feb 17, 2018 7:56 pm
Team India is all set to play over 60 international matches in their upcoming season of cricket. It comes as a delighting news for the Indian cricket fans as some exciting brand of cricket is set to come their way. What comes as a better news for the Indian team and the fans is that there will be an ideal balance of home and away fixtures in the 2018-19 season, as against the previous seasons which have been dominated by the home games.
During the season, team India will play as many as 30 ODIs, 21 T20Is and 12 Test matches. The ongoing season of the team (2017-18) season will come to an end with the Nidahas Trophy to be played in March this year. After the conclusion of the Nidahas Trophy, the players will head for the IPL and after the conclusion of the IPL, the 2018-19 season will commence.
The action will commence with India hosting Afghanistan in the latter’s historic first ever Test. This will be followed by India’s tour of Ireland for two T20Is. They will then head to England for a full tour where India will play five Tests, three ODIs and T20 each. Furthermore, there is a room for an Asia Cup as well.
In the home season, the team will host West Indies for a full tour. After the Windies tour, the team will tour Australia. The New Zealand tour that will follow will not have any Test matches. As per the reports in DNA, the BCCI has taken a policy decision of not playing Test cricket in New Zealand as 3:30 am IST start to Test matches is not commerically viable for the world’s richest cricket board.
In February 2019, Australia will tour India for limited overs cricket action. The season woul end with Zimbabwe touring India for a short T20I series.
India’s 2018-19 season itinerary
June 2018: vs Ireland (2 T20I) (Away)
June 2018: vs Afghanistan (1 Test) (Home)
July-September 2018: vs England (5 Tests, 3 ODI, 3 T20I) (Away)
September 2018: Asia Cup (Approx 9 ODIs) (Venue and Date yet to be finalised)
October-November 2018: vs West Indies (2 Tests, 5 ODIs, 3 T20I) (Home)
November-December 2018: vs Australia (4 Tests, 3 ODIs, 3 T20I) (Away)
January-February 2019: vs New Zealand (5 ODIs, 5 T20I) (Away)
February-March 2019: vs Australia (5 ODI, 2 T20I) (Home)
March 2019 : vs Zimbabwe (3 T20I) (Home).