The Hundred makes its debut
Between July 21 and August 21 we have The Hundred, the new English limited-overs tournament where rather than having 120 balls per innings like you do in T20, there will be 100 instead. There are a few other rule changes we’ll tell you about for it that we’ll reveal nearer the time.
There are eight franchises going to battle to win the first-ever edition and plenty of star overseas names joining in the fun.
As we know, Indian players aren’t allowed to feature in it but everyone else is. Aside from the English players, you can look out for the likes of: Rashid Khan, Steve Smith, Sunil Narine, Marcus Stoinis and Andre Russell.
The winner of the Group Stages goes straight to the final, second and third place sides play a semi-final for the right to join them.
India have plenty of business in England
First up, there’s the small matter of the one-off World Test Championship final match against New Zealand. That will take place between June 18 and 22 in Southampton. The triumphant will be crowned the first-ever winner of the WTC, so this is serious business here.
India would love to win it but they’d probably rather win the Test series against England that follows. Winning in England is always hard work but India have a particularly good Test side at the moment so this could be their best chance in quite a while to go there and win. Especially with England not at their best themselves.
The five Tests take place between August 4 and September 14.
World T20 the biggest of them all
It says something about T20 cricket these days that the biggest cricket event of all in 2021 is the World T20.
Remember that it was postponed last year because of the Covid-19 outbreak and will no longer be held in Australia.
It’s meant to be hosted by India in 2021 but with the situation over there, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if it ended up being held in the reserved venue, which is the UAE.
They did a good job of hosting last year’s IPL and have three excellent stadiums there so they’re more than capable of putting on a good show if it came to that.
Remember that the West Indies are the defending champions but that India, England and Australia are shorter than them in the betting right now.
We already have some great background stuff to read about the upcoming World T20 so take a look.
As always, you will find the best cricket betting sites in India listed here in the coming months for this highly anticipated league!