Get ready folks, it’s a cricket carnival around the globe, and if the COVID-19 threat stays away, then a lot of exciting cricket tours from the Ashes to the India Tour of South Africa are lined up for all you cricket fans. As many as 21 international cricket tours are planned till July 2022, and also IPL will be played from March to May 2022. Let’s go through 10 exciting facts about the upcoming cricket tournaments that you may not be aware of.
10 Exciting Facts about Upcoming Cricket Tournaments
- The most awaited upcoming cricket tournament, the Ashes 2021-2022, will begin from Dec 8th at the Gabba, Brisbane, as both teams look equal on paper. It is expected to be a closely contested contest and not one-way traffic. India has exposed Australia’s weakness in their backyard, which will boost England’s confidence, and they can give Australia a run for their money. Some latest interesting facts of the Ashes are,
- Pat Cummins will lead the Australian side in the Ashes for the first time. He is the first bowler to be the captain of an Australian team after 1956, where Ray Lindwall played as a stand-in captain for one match.
- After Tim Paine’s resignation due to the sexting scandal controversy, Alex Carey has been named a replacement and will make his debut in the first Test match.
- Ben Stokes makes a big return to cricket and will play the first test for England in the Ashes.
- The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) have agreed to go ahead with the Ind- SA series amid growing concerns of the Omicron variant in the COVID-19 pandemic situation. India is scheduled to play 3 tests, 3 ODI’s, and 4 T20’s, and the first Test match begins on Dec 26th, 2021. So get ready to check the cricket score today on Boxing Day. The 4 T20’s will be played later, and the venues are not yet decided.
- The West Indies limited-overs captain Kieron Pollard has been ruled out from the Pakistan tour due to a hamstring injury. Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran have been named the captains of ODI and T20, respectively. The tour begins from Dec 13th with 3 ODI’s and 3 T20’s to be played in National Stadium, Karachi.
- BCB has included the star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in the Bangladeshi team. However, his participation is unlikely in the squad for the upcoming Bangladesh tour of New Zealand starting from Jan 1st, 2022, where both teams will play 2 test matches which are part of the WTC league 2021-2023.
- Ireland will be part of history as they tour the USA for the first cricket series where a full member nation is playing against the USA. It is a 5 match series with 2 ODI’s and 3 T20’s to be played in Florida from Dec 20th to Dec 30th, 2021.
- One of the most anticipated upcoming cricket tournaments in 2022 will be the IPL. Now, it will be played with 10 teams. As it is mega auction time, the squad of each franchise will look different, with two teams Lucknow and Ahmedabad, needing a completely new squad to play for them. Although the exact date of the mega auction has not been announced, it is likely to take place in the second week of the new year 2022, as per media reports.
- Indian Women’s cricket will play 5 ODI’s and 1 T20 against New Zealand in their backyard. The upcoming cricket tournament will begin on Feb 9th, 2022, and the last ODI will be played on Feb 24th, 2022. You can catch live cricket scores today of these matches on all top websites. Also, the 2022 ICC Women’s ODI World Cup 2022 is to be held in March- April hosted by New Zealand after being postponed due to the pandemic.
- The 7th edition of the Pakistan Super League will start on Jan 27th, 2022. The upcoming cricket tournament has been pushed forward by a month to accommodate Australia’s tour in March- April 2022. Lahore has been fixed as the venue for the final of PSL 2022.
- The canceled 5th Test between India and England will be played from Jul 1st, 2021, at Edgbaston instead of Manchester, as per the agreement between BCCI and ECB.
- The T20 and ODI series between England and India has been pushed back by 6 days, with T20’s’s starting from Jul 7th and ODI’s from Jul 12th.
The above 10 interesting facts about the upcoming cricket tournaments have created a lot of excitement among cricket fans, and they will keep a close eye on the future proceedings. So, let’s get ready for the unlimited cricket action in 2022.