The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has today (Wednesday) set out plans to host a full summer of international cricket in 2021, with a ticket refund system introduced in case COVID-19 again interferes with the schedule.

Building on this summer’s behind closed door men’s and women’s internationals, the ECB is preparing to stage matches at grounds across England and Wales next year. A five-Test series against India is planned to headline the men’s international summer, following a one-day international series against Sri Lanka and ODI and Twenty20 series against Pakistan.

The ECB said discussions about further series are continuing with the possibility of scheduling additional men’s bilateral cricket in June including Tests and T20s against Sri Lanka. Ballots for men’s internationals have opened today. The ECB stressed that the outlook around COVID-19 remains uncertain and so venues and dates are provisional and subject to change.

All ticket purchasers will be provided with a Ticket Refund Promise to guard against the potential impact of COVID-19 next summer. This ensures fans will get a refund if their ticket is cancelled due to full crowds not returning to stadiums due to COVID-19, or if they are unable to attend a match they purchased a ticket for because of a change in date or venue for that match.

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