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According to Inside Sport, Team India will play 14 Test matches, 16 ODIs and 23 T20is in the 2021 calendar year.

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BCCI is yet to officially release this schedule but as per the information on InsideSport, BCCI is committed to honor all commitments of cancelled series, events in 2020.

“We understand it will be tough on the players but we are obligated to honour FTP commitments. We have a bigger pool of talent now and players we will make sure players get ample rest before called in for India duties. Rotation policy will surely come into play”, said one of the BCCI official to Insidesport.

India to host England from January to March

Team India, after returning from Australia in January, will host England for two-month-long series which will consist of four Tests, four ODIs and four T20Is.

IPL 2021 from March to May

After seeing off England, Indian players will begin their preparations for IPL 2021, which is scheduled to take place from March end to mid of May. Interestingly, the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League is likely to witness mega auction, which means that all the franchises will be reshuffled and players will have very less time to adjust with their new teams. Hence, they will join their respective team’s’ camps as soon as they are done with their series against England.

India to tour Sri Lanka for limited-overs series and Asia Cup 2021

Post IPL 2020, Virat Kohli and co. will fly to neighbouring nation Sri Lanka in June for three-match ODI series and five-match T20I series. However, the Men in Blue won’t return home after the series as from June end to mid of July, Team India will be busy defending their Asia Cup title in the Island nation, which will host Asia Cup 2021.

India will fly to Zimbabwe in July

In July, India are scheduled to tour Zimbabwe for three ODIs and senior players are likely to be rested for the tour with Indian selectors giving opportunity to young crop of players to gain experience in the African nation.

India to tour England from July to September

Later in July, Team India will travel to England for gruelling five-match Test series which will be completed in the span of two months. It will be a crucial series for both the teams as, it’s a part of World Test Championship.

Kohli and co. to host South Africa in October

In October, India will host South Africa for three ODIs and five T20Is, which will serve as preparatory series for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

ICC T20 World Cup

Just after the series against SA, the Men in Blue will enter the mega event- T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in India from October to November. Having home advantage, the Kohli-led team will aim to clinch their second T20 WC.

India to host New Zealand from November to December

After playing South Africa and T20 World Cup on home soil, India will welcome New Zealand for two Tests and three T20Is which will take place from November end to mid of December.

Team India will travel to South Africa in December

Indian cricket team will end 2021 with tour to South Africa where they will play three Tests and as many T20Is.

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India in last 5 ICC Tournament :
Lost to Sri Lanka in WT20 final (2014)
Lost to Australia in World cup semi final ( (2015)
Lost to West Indies in WT20 semi final (2016)
Lost to Pakistan in Champions trophy final (2017)
Lost to New Zealand in World cup semi final (2019)

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The ICC on Tuesday released the nominations for ICC Awards Of The Decade as per which, Virat Kohli, the current Indian captain has been nominated in 5 categories including ‘Player Of The Decade’ while his limited-overs deputy Rohit Sharma has been nominated for ODI Player Of The Decade.

The Winners in each category will be decided on the basis of the number of votes a player receives.

Complete List Of Nominees And Categories For ICC Awards Of The Decade

ICC Men’s Player Of The Decade Nominees: Virat Kohli (India), Joe Root (England), Kane Williamson (New Zealand), AB de Villiers (South Africa), Steve Smith (Australia), Ravichandran Ashwin (India), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)

ICC Men’s Test Player Of The Decade Nominees: Virat Kohli (India), Joe Root (England), Steve Smith (Australia), James Anderson (England), Kane Williamson (New Zealand), Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka), Yasir Shah (Pakistan)

ICC Men’s ODI Player of the Decade Nominees: Virat Kohli (India), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Mitchell Starc (Australia), AB de Villiers (South Africa), Rohit Sharma (India), MS Dhoni (India), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)

ICC Men’s T20I Player of the Decade Nominees: Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Virat Kohli (India), Rohit Sharma (India), Imran Tahir (South Africa), Aaron Finch (Australia), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Chris Gayle (West Indies)

ICC Men’s Associate Player of the Decade Nominees: Kyle Coetzer (Scotland), Callum Macleod (Scotland), Paras Khadka (Nepal), Richie Berrington (Scotland), Asad Vala (Papua New Guinea), Peter Borren (Netherlands)

ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade Nominees: Virat Kohli (India), Kane Williamson (New Zealand), Anya Shrubsole (England), Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Katherine Brunt (England), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand), MS Dhoni (India)

ICC Women’s Player of the Decade Nominees: Ellyse Perry (Australia), Meg Lanning (Australia), Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Mithali Raj (India), Sarah Taylor (England)

ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Decade Nominees: Meg Lanning (Australia), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Mithali Raj (India), Jhulan Goswami (India)

ICC Women’s T20I Player of the Decade Nominees: Meg Lanning (Australia), Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Deandra Dottin (West Indies), Alyssa Healy (Australia), Anya Shrubsole (England)

ICC Women’s Associate Player of the Decade Nominees: Nattakan Chantam (Thailand), Sornnorin Tippoch (Thailand), Chanida Sutthiruang (Thailand), Kathryn Bruce (Scotland), Sarah Bryce (Scotland), Sterre Kalis (Netherlands)

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Great to see Indian players nominated in all formats. Mithali Raj is the only Indian nomination in 2 women’s categories. It would be great to see other Indian women players - Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Shafali Verma get nomination next time around.

My vote goes to:
Player of the Decade - Virat Kohli
Test - Steve Smith
ODI - Rohit Sharma
T20I - Rashid Khan / Gayle / ?
Spirit of Cricket Award - Kane Williamson
Women’s Player of the Decade - Mithali Raj

Who are your pick for the award?

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My votes-

ICC Men’s Player of the Decade- Ab De Villers
ICC Mne’s Test Player of the Decade- James Anderson
ICC Men’s ODI Player of the Decade- MS Dhoni
ICC Men’s T20 Player of the Decade- Chris Gayle
ICC Spirit of Cricket Award- Virat Kohli
IC Women’s player of the Decade- Mithali Raj

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Really? :thinking:

Not Kane Williamson? Or Dhoni?

I think Kane Williamson personifies “Spirit of Cricket” in true sense and deserves the award the most. Williamson’s calm and sportsmanship after World Cup final had won hearts around the world. The manner in which he conducted himself after finishing as runners-up in the 2019 World Cup final was brilliant.

During the press conference at the Lord’s, it was admirable to listen to him answering questions on the strange rule that deprived his team of the world’s most coveted trophy. It was one of the finest displays of the ‘spirit of the game’ from a losing captain and was even lauded by all journalists with a standing ovation.

I see this sporting spirit displayed not just in the World Cup but in all his matches.

Next choice in line would be MS Dhoni.

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This man dominated test Bowling for 5 consecutive years in the decade but ICC didn’t nominate him. This man deserves to be in the list. Feeling sad for him😞

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IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and its promoter Shah Rukh Khan will be investing big in American T20 League. Shah Rukh Khan and his KKR group will be investing in American Cricket Enterprises (ACE), a U.S. group that plans to launch Major League Cricket in 2022.

The partnership between ACE and the KKR will include financial investments and expertise to help ACE develop and launch Major Cricket League in the US. The investment is being led by Khan, along with his partners in the Knight Riders franchise — Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta.

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S. Sreesanth set to comeback in Cricket!

S. Sreesanth’s ban from cricket ended in September this year. He is set to play in the President’s Cup T20 Tournament, which begins from December 17.

Sreesanth has been picked in the KCA Tigers team to be captained by state team skipper Sachin Baby in the tournament. The teams participating in the tournament are KCA Royals, KCA Tigers, KCA Tuskers, KCA Eagles, KCA Panthers and KCA Lions.

Sreesanth was initially banned by the BCCI for lifetime in August 2013 for his participation in alleged spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), along with Rajasthan Royals (RR) teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan. His ban was reduced to seven years last year, and it ended in September this year.

Sreesanth made his India debut in 2005 against Sri Lanka in an ODI. He also won the 2011 ODI World Cup with India, and the 2007 T20 World Cup.

Good luck to Sreesanth!
Although spot-fixing was a heinous act, I think 7 years ban was a good time to reflect upon and set oneself up to better standards and purpose in life…follow one’s passion. Hope to see the new better side of him & hope he lives up to the renewed hopes of fans and not let them down.

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Big events…

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ICC postpones World Test Championship, to be played from June 18-22 in 2021

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Most Test wkts by Indian pacers after 18th match

83 - Jasprit Bumrah

73 - Irfan Pathan

66 - Mohd Shami

64 - Kapil Dev

62 - Sreesanth

59 - Karshan Ghavri

58 - Venkatesh Prasad/Umesh Yadav

53 - Manoj Prabhakar

52 - Ramakant Desai/Chetan Sharma/Ishant Sharma

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BCCI announced the 2020-21 Men’s central contract list for the Indian Cricket Team :india:

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