England tour of India 2012 May 22, 2012

England tour of India includes three warm-up games

ESPNcricinfo staff
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England will play three practice matches before the first Test when they arrive in India in October for the winter tour. The itinerary, announced on Tuesday, confirmed the first leg of the tour, including four Tests, will finish on December 22 with the second Twenty20 before England return for the one-day series in early January.

England's build-up to the Test series is long by touring standards nowadays and replicates the lead-in they had for the 2010-11 Ashes in Australia. They are trying to avoid a repeat of the series against Pakistan in the UAE where Andy Flower admitted they were under-prepared with just two three-day games after a lengthy break. It is also in contrast to the brief preparation India had in England last year where they played a single match against Somerset having come straight from a tour of West Indies.

The Test series will start in Ahmedabad on November 15 before moving to Mumbai, Kolkata and Nagpur making it England's longest in India since 1984-85. Three new venues - Rajkot (new stadium), Dharamsala and Ranchi, MS Dhoni's hometown - have been awarded ODIs with that series starting in Rajkot on January 11.

The fixtures in Mohali and Dharamsala are both day-night games and could pose problems for the teams with freezing temperatures - Dharamsala is at a height of 5000 feet - and dew. The two T20Is will be played in Pune and Mumbai before Christmas; there is no warm-up match scheduled for that format.

"This will be England's first full tour of India since 2008 and I am sure that cricket fans in both countries will be eagerly anticipating an exciting series of contests in all three formats of the game," ECB managing director Hugh Morris said.

England tour to India 2012
30 October-1 November 3-day tour match Mumbai, CCI

3-5 November 3-day tour match Mumbai, BKC

8-11 November 4-day tour match Ahmedabad, SPS Navrangpura

15-19 November 1st Test Match Ahmedabad, Motera

23-27 November 2nd Test Match Mumbai, Wankhede Stadium

5-9 December 3rd Test Match Kolkata

13-17 December 4th Test Match Nagpur


20 December 1st T20 (f) Pune

22 December 2nd T20 (f) Mumbai, Wankhede Stadium


6 January 50-over tour match (D/N) Venue tbc

8 January 50 over tour match Venue tbc

11 January 1st ODI (D/N) Rajkot

15 January 2nd ODI (D/N) Kochi

19 January 3rd ODI (D/N) Ranchi

23 January 4th ODI (D/N) Dharamsala

 27 January 5th ODI (D/N) Mohali


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  • Meety on May 23, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    So now a comment on the result. I think India will win, but by not as much as some Indian fans think (or for that matter what I thought 6 mths ago). England despite getting hammered by Pakistan, were still a chance of winning that series. They improved against SL, although SL have a weaker bowling line up than India (IMO). If England continue to trend upwards in performance - I think they'll win a test. I think it will be 2-1 India, with a half a chance of a drawn series. I EXPECT pitch conditions should not affect Anderson much, (didn't affect Steyn), I EXPECT Broad to intimidate the Indians - (no Dravid). India's bowling line up is better than what people give it credit for, looking forward to see how Yadav tracks, & expect Zaheer to do well. Sachin SHOULD do well, I expect Gambhir & Kholi (& Dhoni maybe) to be dominant. I expect India to be on top for most of the series, but I see England as having the ability to strike hard & take one match at least.

  • StatisticsRocks on May 23, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Well 4 matches is way better than the 2-match series. I am not that confidenct as some of my fellow Indians are of India thrashing Eng. We have batsmen who can score runs at home but my problem is how are we going to take 20 wickets needed to win a test match. Can someone please name a bowler in India who can dominate like Ajmal did because I cannot. We do not have "KUMBLE". Bell, KP, and Trott will score tons of runs and dont forget Cook and Strauss who I expect to score as well. Eng have a good batting line up to handle Indian bowlers and Indian conditions. I expect Broad to make full use of reverse swing and IMO Jimmy will be taken to cleaners. Once again too much hype on this series and I am pretty sure it won't live up to that. It all depends on SA. if they can flatten England at home then it will be a completely different ball game. @Yorkshirematt if you are expecting a green top wicket then keep dreaming as you will be served "DUST BOWLS" .

  • tanstell87 on May 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    so the home track bullies playing against home track bullies...would be a good contest....but England are poor in sub-continent & India will trash them !!!

  • Empty-Sequence on May 23, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Poms needs get hold of couple of more S.Africans or else another torrid Subcontinent tour would be on cards.

  • yorkshirematt on May 23, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    @bluebillion, rahulcricket and Maddy20. Thank you for your answers I apologise if my "dust bowls" comment caused offence. I didn't intend it to but my knowledge of indian pitches is pretty limited (I guess that goes for most englishmen including our cricketers haha). From what you all say england will have to come up with some innovative plans to take 20 wickets over there but they did manage it in UAE and SL so who knows. The batting is still my main concern

  • bluebillion on May 23, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    @yorkshirematt - none of the pitches will have seam movement. All of them will swing for the first hour in the morning. How quickly they turn into "dust bowls" depends on what instructions are given to the groundsman. The thing with "dust bowls" is that the quicks come into the picture due to the variable bounce. The other thing in England's favour is that there will be reverse swing. Whether Anderson & Co. manage to get it with an SG ball is another question.

    @landl47 - since when does a team need "world class" spinners to skittle out England in the subcontinent?

  • Haleos on May 23, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Lets see how POMS cope up this time.

  • on May 23, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    For the first time ever we will have "Snow stopped play" in an international match #Dharamsala

  • maddy20 on May 23, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    @yorkshirematt You cannot expect a decent answer when you call our pitches dust bowls. Anyways barring Nagpur, the other three pitches will be graveyards for seamers. Particularly Mumbai. They won't have a lot of turn in them but since the home side is used to playing with the SG ball they will get a decent amount of turn by pitching in the right areas. THe last two days, will offer generous turn for spinners, even the Nagpur wicket and it is the trademark of Indian wickets. I would not call them dustbowls but knowing how inept England are at playing spin, I would not be surprised if Amit Mishra and Ashwin run through the English batting lineup.

  • Sumeet.Gupta on May 23, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    @rahulcricket007.....all your points are good, and i love the way you single-handedly buff the pommies :) But why can't you write your comments in lower case?? It would make it so much easier to read buddy. Just an advice though.....

  • Meety on May 23, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    So now a comment on the result. I think India will win, but by not as much as some Indian fans think (or for that matter what I thought 6 mths ago). England despite getting hammered by Pakistan, were still a chance of winning that series. They improved against SL, although SL have a weaker bowling line up than India (IMO). If England continue to trend upwards in performance - I think they'll win a test. I think it will be 2-1 India, with a half a chance of a drawn series. I EXPECT pitch conditions should not affect Anderson much, (didn't affect Steyn), I EXPECT Broad to intimidate the Indians - (no Dravid). India's bowling line up is better than what people give it credit for, looking forward to see how Yadav tracks, & expect Zaheer to do well. Sachin SHOULD do well, I expect Gambhir & Kholi (& Dhoni maybe) to be dominant. I expect India to be on top for most of the series, but I see England as having the ability to strike hard & take one match at least.

  • StatisticsRocks on May 23, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Well 4 matches is way better than the 2-match series. I am not that confidenct as some of my fellow Indians are of India thrashing Eng. We have batsmen who can score runs at home but my problem is how are we going to take 20 wickets needed to win a test match. Can someone please name a bowler in India who can dominate like Ajmal did because I cannot. We do not have "KUMBLE". Bell, KP, and Trott will score tons of runs and dont forget Cook and Strauss who I expect to score as well. Eng have a good batting line up to handle Indian bowlers and Indian conditions. I expect Broad to make full use of reverse swing and IMO Jimmy will be taken to cleaners. Once again too much hype on this series and I am pretty sure it won't live up to that. It all depends on SA. if they can flatten England at home then it will be a completely different ball game. @Yorkshirematt if you are expecting a green top wicket then keep dreaming as you will be served "DUST BOWLS" .

  • tanstell87 on May 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    so the home track bullies playing against home track bullies...would be a good contest....but England are poor in sub-continent & India will trash them !!!

  • Empty-Sequence on May 23, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Poms needs get hold of couple of more S.Africans or else another torrid Subcontinent tour would be on cards.

  • yorkshirematt on May 23, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    @bluebillion, rahulcricket and Maddy20. Thank you for your answers I apologise if my "dust bowls" comment caused offence. I didn't intend it to but my knowledge of indian pitches is pretty limited (I guess that goes for most englishmen including our cricketers haha). From what you all say england will have to come up with some innovative plans to take 20 wickets over there but they did manage it in UAE and SL so who knows. The batting is still my main concern

  • bluebillion on May 23, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    @yorkshirematt - none of the pitches will have seam movement. All of them will swing for the first hour in the morning. How quickly they turn into "dust bowls" depends on what instructions are given to the groundsman. The thing with "dust bowls" is that the quicks come into the picture due to the variable bounce. The other thing in England's favour is that there will be reverse swing. Whether Anderson & Co. manage to get it with an SG ball is another question.

    @landl47 - since when does a team need "world class" spinners to skittle out England in the subcontinent?

  • Haleos on May 23, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Lets see how POMS cope up this time.

  • on May 23, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    For the first time ever we will have "Snow stopped play" in an international match #Dharamsala

  • maddy20 on May 23, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    @yorkshirematt You cannot expect a decent answer when you call our pitches dust bowls. Anyways barring Nagpur, the other three pitches will be graveyards for seamers. Particularly Mumbai. They won't have a lot of turn in them but since the home side is used to playing with the SG ball they will get a decent amount of turn by pitching in the right areas. THe last two days, will offer generous turn for spinners, even the Nagpur wicket and it is the trademark of Indian wickets. I would not call them dustbowls but knowing how inept England are at playing spin, I would not be surprised if Amit Mishra and Ashwin run through the English batting lineup.

  • Sumeet.Gupta on May 23, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    @rahulcricket007.....all your points are good, and i love the way you single-handedly buff the pommies :) But why can't you write your comments in lower case?? It would make it so much easier to read buddy. Just an advice though.....

  • landl47 on May 23, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    It should be a very interesting series. Dravid has gone, Tendulkar and Laxman (if they play) will be 39 and 38 respectively and India has no world-class spinner. On the other hand, India is always a tough place to win and Sehwag, Gambhir and Kohli will be difficult to contain on their own pitches. England has to bat better than in the Pakistan tests and the first Sri Lanka test, or no matter how well the bowlers perform they will lose. Hopefully the lessons will have been learned and England can put up a decent show. It won't be easy.

  • on May 23, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    Daynight match in Dharamsala in January? What are they going to play with? Snowballs?

  • sk12 on May 23, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    Pitches for the 1st 3 matches shld help the spinners from day 3, while Nagpur in recent years has had a lush grass cover (Steyn and co demolished us twice in their last 2 tours). Win the toss and bat first, this will be crucial. Bet on us to be more competitive this time around, maybe even win the series 2-1 or 2-0, if our batsman can cope up with their pacers. I would discount Swanny from being of any threat.

  • rahulcricket007 on May 23, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    @STEVE19191 . WE DON'T NEED LAXMAN TO FIRE IN INDIA . GAMBHIR , SEHWAG WILL BE ENOUGH FOR YOU . SEHWAG WILL ONCE AGAIN MAKE DOUBLE TONS ON FLAT TRACKS .

  • rahulcricket007 on May 23, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    @YORKSHOREMATT . IN THE PAST 10 YEARS WE HAD ONLY USED 2 DUST BOWLS ( WANKEHDE IN 2004 & KANPUR IN 2008) & WE WON BOTH TIMES . NOWADAYS INDIAN PITCHES DON'T TURN AS THEY WERE IN THE LATE 90S . MOST INDIAN PITCHES ARE FLAT . KOLKATA WILL BE A GRAVE YARD FOR FAST BOWLERS .

  • rahulcricket007 on May 23, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    @PATCH MASTER & ZUBEIR21886 . FOREIGN TEAMS ALWAYS GETS MORE PRACTICE MATCHES WHEN THEY VISIT TO INDIA BUT EVERY TIME THEY HAD TO LOSE IN THE END . YOU SHOULD CHECK THE FACT THAT ENGLAND ARRIVED 15 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF ODIS SERIES LAST YEAR & PLAYED 3 ODI PRACTICE MATCHES BUT YET THEY END UP LOSING 5-0 . AUS CAME HERE IN 2008 & 2010 & PLAYED 2-2 FIRST CLASS MATCHES EVRYTIME BUT END LOSING BOTH SERIES BY 2-0 , 2-0 MARGIN .

  • rahulcricket007 on May 23, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    @DARIUSSCORNY . MATE DHATRAMSHALA IS THE BEST GROUND FOR PACE BOWLERS IN INDIA . ALSO IT IS WIDE OPEN SO THE BREEZE HELPS THE BOWLERS TO SWING THE BALL . ALSO RECALLING FACT ABOUT SIZE , IN IPL USUALLY GROUNDS WERE PUT SHORTER BY 5 -10 METRES , DHARAMSHALA HAS BOUNDARIES WITH 70-75 METRE WHICH I DON'T THINK IS TOO SMALL , CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT GROUNDS LIKE IN NZ , SA ARE EVEN SMALLER THAN IT .

  • Meety on May 23, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    No comments about what the results will be, just want to say, weather aside, does Dharamsala have the best view in world cricket? That file piccy is awesome!

  • Patchmaster on May 22, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    PLEASE don't pick Bell for this tour. After many many matches, he still can't play spin. Remember his performance in India last time ? Just pick him for fast tracks. Lets take Bairstow instead.

  • yorkshirematt on May 22, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    @cric-whiz You make a good point (in a "have a dig at england" sort of way) as there are also two ashes series next year as well. Burnout may well come into it, and in my opinion would be a perfectly valid "excuse". @raki99 Thanks for that, it's sort of what i was after. At least had an assessment of the pitch at each venue, but again could have done without the sly dig at england.

  • superstar100 on May 22, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    it's imposible to beat INDIA in india last time India lost series agn AUS in 2004 and it's almost 8 years and beat west indies 2011/12 new zeland 2010/11 , aus 2010/11 , sri lanka 2009/10 , england 2008/09 , pakisthan in 2007/08 , south africa 2004/05 this shows India beat every big team in last home series so i think it will be big task for england. but it was golden period for india when dravid, laxman, sachin and ganguly were there let's see what happen now

  • shillingsworth on May 22, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Huw Morris is technically correct in that this is the first full tour since 2008 but I fail to see why the ODI series will be 'eagerly anticipated', given that it seems to be becoming an annual event.

  • bumsonseats on May 22, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    not that long i take it england will go home for xmas hence the break between 22nd dec and the 1st practice match on the 6th of jan.

  • on May 22, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Dharamshala in January, you gotta be kidding..Man there will be chance of snow that time of year!!

  • Smithie on May 22, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Having just watched Doctrove give Warner out to a real howler in KKRvDD let us hope that Eng /India is played under DRS so that the influence of umpiring errors has minimal impact on the series outcome. Come on Srini it is time to join the real world and adopt the technology for top line cricket.

  • Cric_whiz on May 22, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    POMS will get mauled in India, doesnt really matter 3 warm up games or 30 warm games, POMS cannot play spin & that's a fact! Atleast by playing 3 matches ECB are ensuring that likes of Botham & Hussain dont have many excuses to give for another abbysmal performance to be given by England! Byw looking at the English cricket itinerary over the next 6 months or so, I can see English cricket pundits (Especially Botham) coming up with an excuse of an overkill (Too much cricket) & no time to recover from the mauling that they are to receive from the Saffers!

  • PunchDrunkPunter on May 22, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    England to win every match once again. India are not in our league!

  • dariuscorny on May 22, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    giving Dharamshala a game is joke.how unfair they can be to the bowlers as the stadium is like a small society park.more of a graveyard for the bowlers.grounds like Rajkot also should not be given an international game

  • on May 22, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Englandshould thank for 2 things 1) they are coming in Indian Winter season and 2) They did not get venues like Chennai or Kanpur or Delhi where ball turns square. Barring Mumbai its batting pitch venues that thay have got.

  • Raki99 on May 22, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    Ahemedabad, nagpur and kolkatta would turn sqaure from day one. Bombay would be little competetive the first couple days then again it would turn on third day in bombay. 2- 0 or 3-0 to india. Not a 4-0 drubbing what poms gave to india. It all depends on how swann and english sardarji bowl. onedays forget about it england (dharmasala is the only place where you have a chance because of english like condition)

  • Sinhaya on May 22, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Hope India makes a pitch similar to Galle. If so, England wont stand a chance.

  • bala2rahul on May 22, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Delighted to see kochi get a game !! :)

  • steve19191 on May 22, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    I see nothing but more pain and humiliation for the Indians, they are one of the weakest test teams in the world now and England will win 3-0. also this will see the end of Laxman and Tendulkars careers.

  • Mike_Oxlong on May 22, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    India will absolutely maul England. 3-0 in the Tests, 5-0 in the ODIs. England will win the T20s though, that's their strongest format. Have fun playing the Hyderabad handicapped u19 women's XI in those warm-up games. Maybe in another 60 years, England will finally win a series in India?

  • Indiaforever on May 22, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Long series but India gonna dominate! Cannot wait for this :)

  • pvwadekar on May 22, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    The planning by ECB is very good. They are giving their players the chance to win in the subcontinents. If BCCI was half as efficient or professional as ECB, ACB then we would have played better in the over seas tours of England and Australia.

  • the_wallster on May 22, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Cracking itinerary lined up. A good long three months. Three tour matches. England are going to batter India. 4-0 whitewash again.

  • hulkulkar on May 22, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    I just can't figure out why so many matches are taking place in Mumbai while there are so many world class stadiums across India :( :( :(

  • Munkeymomo on May 22, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    30th October to the 27th January??? Yikes that is a long tour. Though I see a break over the christmas period between T20's and ODIs. I'd suggest it would be a better idea to group the limited overs games together after the break but oh well, it'll be nice to see some of the new stadia in the daytime, I've seen a few in the IPL but it's always dark, it looks very pretty in the picture above.

  • Romenevans on May 22, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Welcome to the graveyard poms! Rofl

  • o-bomb on May 22, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    3 warm up games is definitely good. As we're well aware India is a difficult place for an away side to win so we'll need as much practice in their conditions as possible. On a slightly different note; Dharamsala looks like a spectacular venue! If it's a bit cold there surely that'll be to our advantage. :)

  • AbhishekNarang on May 22, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    There are 16 matches scheduled including the warm-up matches however there's not even a single match to be played at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi. Delhi's pitch isn't that bad. Going by the way the pitch has behaved in I. P. L. for all the 8 home matches, A T20 would have suited the fans.

  • yorkshirematt on May 22, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Would any SENSIBLE indians care to give us an insight into the nature of the pitches and grounds that will be used, at least for the test series? Will they all be complete dustbowls or are some more likely to provide some movement off the seam and swing more than others?

  • TheGladiator on May 22, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Why cant they play 5 test matches and 5 ODI's ? Also the schedule is so cramped. Hardly any rest between the test matches. Such a hectic schedule is the reason for the injuries, especially the fast bowlers. Also the players get tired and we cannot have best quality cricket from these players. BCCI, please stop it...money is not everything.

  • jmcilhinney on May 22, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Definitely a good idea. Even if the second Test in SL is an indication that England have learned some lessons about playing in the subcontinent, which is by no means guaranteed, playing in India will not be easy. The more preparation England can get the better. While I'm not sure that India are the power now that they were even a year or two ago, they will still be tough to beat in their home conditions. I just hope the tour games are against decent opposition. Maybe it would be nice if the first one was a bit of a walkover so everyone gets some time in the middle and then they get pushed in the other two to really sharpen up for the Test series.

  • zuber21886 on May 22, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    now how unfair it was for India who didn't get enough practice matches in England, can't BCCI see this, or they are just busy in setting fixtures for next IPL.

  • CricketMaan on May 22, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    My Test XI - Viru, Gauti, Rahane, SRT, VVS, Kholi, MSD, Ashwin, Zaheer, Umesh, Ohja..addons - Rohit, Varon, Dinda, W Saha, spinner?.

  • CricketMaan on May 22, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    England doing what India did not during thier 'Begining of End' campaign last year..Eventhough it will be mostly C teams and flat flat pitches its still good time for England to acclimatize. Given that Indias spin fortune has gown downwards the only hope is Ohja still in the same kind of form he is in and Ashwin is in his comfort zone playing in subcontinent pitches..so question is will it be Rahane or Rohit that will take Dravid's palce..i see Rohit coz he is been waiting in the wings..but id throw in Rahane at No.3..I also see VVS asked to bat No.3 and bid adieu to his career while Kholi settles at No.5. The only silver lining for India is Umesh Yadav turning out to be a good fast bolwer.

  • Percy_Fender on May 22, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    And the BCCI have accepted this itinery despite what India went through when they toured England last year. The bigger irony is that the Englishman have been given venues like Dharmshala and Ranchi to get familiarin India which will be just like it is back home in October. In short an ideal break-in into India.How ironical that 2011 in England was cold rainy and unfriendly for the Indians who flew in from the Carribean islands. It can be seen that England is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that they finally win a series in India after many years. I for one will not be surprised if they do given the extent to which the BCCI is going to ensure that they do so and remain No 1.

  • on May 22, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    However, it is still frustrating to see that FIVE odis will be played, and AFTER the Tests, a tag on, low key event

  • aks4567 on May 22, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    * I mean India. And great to see Dharmsala as a venue for the series. Would love to see Umesh, Aaron & Zaheer torture the English like they tortured us last year!!!

  • on May 22, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Superb! This how a tour should be constructed! 3 FC fixtures before the 1st Test, none of this rubbish of 15 players being used in a tour game. As Cook said, if the warm up matches count towards your FC career, there is more intensity and desire to perform.

    More importantly the English players will have time to adjust to the conditions, ensuring we see a prepared team unlike last winter.

    Also a build up adds to the spectacle, anticipation is half the fun.

    Well done Andy Flower, you must have thought about this!

    Cannot wait for this series!

  • rahulcricket007 on May 22, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    KOLKATA IS A DUST BOWL PITCH & HENCE TEST WILL BE EASILY WON BY INDIA . NAGPUR IS ALSO INDIA 'S DEN . AHEMDABAD IS A FLAT TRACK WHICH HAS HIGH CHANCE OF A DRAW . MUMBAI IS A UNPREDICATBLE WKT AS WE HAVE SEEN AGAINST WI WITH 18 WKTS FALLING ON LAST DAY . SO MY PREDICTION WILL BE 2-0 WIN FOR INDIA .GOOD TO SEE DHARAMSHALA GETTING GAME.

  • on May 22, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    waiting waiting......................................

  • AJ_Tiger86 on May 22, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    FINALLY... the cricket world will see a PROPER tour -- not a joke 2-match test series. It's a good decision from the ECB and BCCI to arrange 3 warm up games before the start of the test series. It's also a nice to have a 7 day gap between the 2nd and 3rd test matches which will work as a "half-time break" in the test series. This could be one of the most memorable test series in recent years.

  • vickylamba on May 22, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Wonder what thoughts were put into place before deciding on the venues.. ODI matches are scheduled in January cold, north india and that too places like Dharamsala (wooh) and mohali.. it will be like india playing in english conditions..

  • Bimalkill2u on May 22, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    This time the figure will be 4-0 in test, 2-0 in 20-20 & 5-0 in ODI.... Revange serise. Excited to Dharamshala venue. Players will play in paradise. ADV. All the best Dhoni & co. Pls. proof my figure.

  • on May 22, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    guess what!!! 23rd January..Winter time..For the first time ever in cricketing history we are going to see a International cricket match to be played on ice plates... #Dharmashala

  • Stark62 on May 22, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    THAT IS ONE LOOOOOONG TOUR!!!!

    3 months is very long and you could possibly play two different tours during that period.

  • on May 22, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Revenge series - No doubt that India ll dominate.. Even the Invincible Australians (At that time) were clueless.. England is no where near them.. Accepted we were humiliated in England but they ll face the same in India..

  • on May 22, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    BCCI SHOULD LEARN SOMETHING FROM ECB. INDIA PLAYED JUST TWO RAIN DISTURBED PRACTICE MATCHES WHEN THEY TOURED ENG.(NOT THAT IT WOULD HAVE MADE A LOT OF DIFFERENCE, BUT THAT WOULD HAVE SHOWN AT LEAST SOME INTENT.

  • on May 22, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    No match in Bangalore? Disappointed!

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  • on May 22, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    No match in Bangalore? Disappointed!

  • on May 22, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    BCCI SHOULD LEARN SOMETHING FROM ECB. INDIA PLAYED JUST TWO RAIN DISTURBED PRACTICE MATCHES WHEN THEY TOURED ENG.(NOT THAT IT WOULD HAVE MADE A LOT OF DIFFERENCE, BUT THAT WOULD HAVE SHOWN AT LEAST SOME INTENT.

  • on May 22, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Revenge series - No doubt that India ll dominate.. Even the Invincible Australians (At that time) were clueless.. England is no where near them.. Accepted we were humiliated in England but they ll face the same in India..

  • Stark62 on May 22, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    THAT IS ONE LOOOOOONG TOUR!!!!

    3 months is very long and you could possibly play two different tours during that period.

  • on May 22, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    guess what!!! 23rd January..Winter time..For the first time ever in cricketing history we are going to see a International cricket match to be played on ice plates... #Dharmashala

  • Bimalkill2u on May 22, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    This time the figure will be 4-0 in test, 2-0 in 20-20 & 5-0 in ODI.... Revange serise. Excited to Dharamshala venue. Players will play in paradise. ADV. All the best Dhoni & co. Pls. proof my figure.

  • vickylamba on May 22, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Wonder what thoughts were put into place before deciding on the venues.. ODI matches are scheduled in January cold, north india and that too places like Dharamsala (wooh) and mohali.. it will be like india playing in english conditions..

  • AJ_Tiger86 on May 22, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    FINALLY... the cricket world will see a PROPER tour -- not a joke 2-match test series. It's a good decision from the ECB and BCCI to arrange 3 warm up games before the start of the test series. It's also a nice to have a 7 day gap between the 2nd and 3rd test matches which will work as a "half-time break" in the test series. This could be one of the most memorable test series in recent years.

  • on May 22, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    waiting waiting......................................

  • rahulcricket007 on May 22, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    KOLKATA IS A DUST BOWL PITCH & HENCE TEST WILL BE EASILY WON BY INDIA . NAGPUR IS ALSO INDIA 'S DEN . AHEMDABAD IS A FLAT TRACK WHICH HAS HIGH CHANCE OF A DRAW . MUMBAI IS A UNPREDICATBLE WKT AS WE HAVE SEEN AGAINST WI WITH 18 WKTS FALLING ON LAST DAY . SO MY PREDICTION WILL BE 2-0 WIN FOR INDIA .GOOD TO SEE DHARAMSHALA GETTING GAME.