LONDON: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Wednesday announced schedule for the upcoming series against South Africa and West Indies.
As per schedule, South Africa will face the second-string England Lions ahead of their four-Test series in England next year.
Later in the season, the West Indies will have a trio of three-day games against county sides before the start of their three-Test series against England.
In July, the ECB confirmed the major international fixtures for both the South Africa and West Indies tours, with England also staging the 2017 Champions Trophy tournament featuring the world’s top eight one-day nations.
Wednesday’s statement filled in the gaps in the tour schedules and ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said: “We’re very pleased to have agreed such a comprehensive touring programme for 2017 — a schedule which will provide fans with even more opportunities to see two international teams in action at county grounds; and help our Lions players test themselves against high quality opposition in both red and white-ball cricket.
“With this country also hosting the ICC Champions Trophy and the ICC Women’s World Cup next season, 2017 promises to be a hugely exciting summer of cricket — and a strong platform to promote our sport to an even wider and more diverse audience.”
South Africa A will also visit England in 2017 for a tour culminating in a ‘Test’ against the Lions in Canterbury in June.
ENGLAND v IRELAND
May 05: 1st ODI, Bristol
May 07: 2nd ODI, Lord’s
South Africa tour
May 19: 1-day tour match v Sussex (D/N), Hove
May 21: 1-day tour match v Northamptonshire, Northampton
May 24: 1st ODI v ENGLAND, Headingley (d/n)
May 27: 2nd ODI v ENGLAND, Southamptton
May 29: 3rd ODI v ENGLAND, Lord’s
Jun 01-19: ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY
Jun 18: *T20 Tour match v Leicestershire, Leicester
Jun 21: 1st T20 v ENGLAND, Southampton (f)
Jun 23: 2nd T20 v ENGLAND, Taunton
Jun 25: 3rd T20 v ENGLAND, Cardiff
Jun 29-Jul 01: 3-day tour match v England Lions, Worcester
Jul 06-10: 1ST TEST v ENGLAND, Lord’s
Jul 14-18: 2ND TEST v ENGLAND, Trent Bridge
Jul 27-31: 3RD TEST v ENGLAND, The Oval
Aug 04-08: 4TH TEST v ENGLAND, Old Trafford
* = Match cancelled if South Africa in Champions Trophy Final
West Indies tour
Aug 01-03: 3-day tour match v Essex, Chelmsford
Aug 06-08: 3-day tour match v Kent, Canterbury
Aug 11-13: 3-day tour match v Derbyshire, Derby
Aug 17-21: 1ST TEST v ENGLAND, Edgbaston
Aug 25-29: 2ND TEST v ENGLAND, Headingley
Sep 02-03: *2-day tour match v Leicestershire, Leicester
Sep 07-11: 3RD TEST v ENGLAND, Lord’s
Sep 13: ODI v IRELAND (venue tbc)
Sep 16: Ist T20 v ENGLAND, Chester-le-Street (f)
Sep 19: 1st ODI v ENNGLAND, Old Trafford (d/n)
Sep 21: 2nd ODI v ENGLAND, Trent Bridge (d/n)
Sep 24: 3rd ODI v ENGLAND, Bristol
Sep 27: 4th ODI v ENGLAND, The Oval (d/n)
Sep 29: 5th ODI v ENGLAND, Southampton (d/n)
* = Match played against an ECB XI if Leicestershire qualify for T20 Finals’ Day
ICC Champions Trophy
Jun 01-Jun 18: Matches at The Oval, Cardiff and Edgbaston
Group A: Australia, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh
Group B: India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan – AFP