West Indies and India in England, 2007 September 2, 2006

ECB announce 2007 schedule

Cricinfo staff

The ECB have announced England's international schedule for the 2007 season, in which they host West Indies for four Tests and India for three.

The warm-up matches for the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean begin on March 5, the tournament ending on April 28 - a mere two weeks from the start of England's international season. The West Indies play the opening Test of the summer - at Lord's, as is the tradition - on May 17. The Test series is followed by two back-to-back Twenty20 matches at The Oval and three further ODIs.

The first of three Tests against India begin on July 19, after which there are seven one-dayers - three of which will be floodlit.

"We have an exciting programme of international cricket planned in 2007 with series against two 'big-draw' teams in West Indies and India," John Carr, the ECB director of cricket operations said.

"[The] ECB and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have had a long-standing agreement that India's tour to the UK would directly reciprocate the three Test matches and seven one-day internationals played by England in India earlier this year.

"ECB is delighted to have secured the agreement of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to play a four-match Test series and a three-match one-day series that enables us to present this exciting seven-Test and ten-ODI international match programme for the 2007 season."