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General News BCCI announces dates for England tour of India
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England last toured India in 2012, winning the 4-match series by a 2-1 margin.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the dates and venues for the upcoming home series against England that consists of five Tests, three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). The first of the five-Test series will kick-off in Rajkot on November 9, 2016.

As had been the norm during the 2012 series between these two teams, England will play the Test matches first before returning home. They will make their way back to the subcontinent in January, 2017, to complete the ODI and T20I leg of the tour.

The BCCI had previously announced six (Indore, Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, Dharamsala, Ranchi and Pune) new Test venues from this calendar year (2016-17) with Indore set to host the visiting New Zealand team in October. Rajkot and Visakhapatnam now follow the trend, hosting the first two Tests before the series moves on to the traditional venues in Mohali, Mumbai and Chennai.

The tourists then return home for a Christmas and New Year break before returning to India to complete the remainder of the tour.

The tour resumes with the first ODI to be played in Pune on January 15th, 2017. Cuttack and Kolkata will complete the ODI leg while Kanpur, Nagpur and Bengaluru are scheduled to host the T20Is.

This will be the first time since the 1986-87 series against Pakistan that India will be hosting a visiting team for five Tests in a series. India have never beaten England in a Test series since the 2008-09 home series where Sachin Tendulkar inspired a stunning 387-run chase in Chennai.

Speaking to the press after BCCI's English counterparts, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) released the itinerary, Andrew Strauss, Director, England cricket, hoped that Alistair Cook's men would go on and achieve similar success to what they managed in 2012, when they famously beat India by a 2-1 margin.

"This promises to be a historic Test series the first five-Test rubber England have played in India since 1984-85 and a great opportunity for Alastair Cook and his players to repeat the memorable Test series win we enjoyed on our last trip to India in 2012," Strauss said.

"Equally, Eoin Morgan's white-ball squad will be anticipating hard-fought and competitive encounters against high-quality opposition in both formats with the one-day series providing excellent preparation for the ICC Champions Trophy to come at home later in the summer of 2017," the former England captain added.

Full itinerary


1st Test, November 9-13, Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot

2nd Test, November 17-21, ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam

3rd Test, November 26-30, IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali

4th Test, December 8-12, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

5th Test, December 16-20, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

One Day Internationals

1st ODI, January 15th (D/N), Maharashtra Cricket Association's International Stadium, Pune

2nd ODI, January 19th (D/N), Barabati Stadium, Cuttack

3rd ODI, January 22nd (D/N), Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Twenty20 Internationals

1st T20I, January 26th, Green Park, Kanpur

2nd T20I, January 29th, Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur

3rd T20I, February 1st, M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

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