The England and Wales Cricket Board announced the 2018 summer schedule on Tuesday, which includes seven Tests, nine ODIs and four T20 Internationals through the four series against Pakistan, India, Australia and Scotland.
Pakistan will visit England for two Test matches series, first at Lord’s on May 24, and the second Test on June 1, which will be played at Headingley, Leeds. Scotland in second in the list, and a single ODI will played between the teams on June 10 at Edinburgh.
The next clash would be against Australia, where England would be hosting five ODIs at the Oval, Cardiff, Trent Bridge, Chester-Le-Street and Old Trafford, while the T20 International will be staged at Edgbaston.
India is the last team in the schedule to visit England for playing three T20 Internationals, three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and five Test, starting from June till September.
A five-Test series against India is very fascinating and it attracts a huge crowd to witness the performance of a strong-side India, ranked No.1 in Test.England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman Tom Harrison stated that Test Cricket is still the most favourite format among the English audiences as we seven Tests scheduled for 2018 with the two-match series starting with Pakistan.
Harrison stated that jam-packed summer will garner big crowds as it will contains sides like Australia, India and Pakistan who have massive fan following in England. He stated that ECB is pleased that the game has a large growing base of followers across the country and the schedule might help us in draw even in bigger numbers in the year 2018.
The on-sale tickets for the game on a global scale were a big hit among fans last year and will be resumed for the coming years as well. The only request by the ECB was fans must apply for the tickets prior to the beginning of the summer.
England are currently enjoying their best summer ever as they performed exceptionally well against South Africa in the Basil D’ Oliveira Trophy. England beat South Africa by 3-1 in four-match test series. They went onto convincingly beat West Indies in the historic first ever day-night Test held in Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. West Indies managed to turn the tables to beat England as three-match series is all level with final Test to be played at Lords Cricket Ground on 7th September.