England announce extra fixtures

June 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment


England have announced their programme or the upcoming year with a few more fixtures having been arranged than was originally predicted.

The ECB have announced that the side will face Pakistan in both a test series and a one-day tournament in January.

The one-day matches are likely to be played in Sri Lanka ahead of England’s two test series to be played in March and April.

England’s winter starts in October when they face this summer’s opponents India in a five-match one-day series as well as a Twenty20 match. That means he England squad will play five tests, 10 one-day matches and a twenty20 during the winter and while not as arduous as the Ashes series of last winter, will still see the team moving around for most of the winter. There will be plenty of chances to place a free online sports bet.

Chairman of the ECB Giles Clarke also suggested there will be a Twenty20 series against the West Indies that is likely to be played at the end of the summer. Those looking for online betting tips should keep an eye out for further news.

Clarke said that the ECB’s contracts with a number of broadcasters had had a bearing on the schedule, especially the short series with Windies but believes in the long-term it could benefit the side ahead of next year’s Twenty20 World Cup as well as helping the struggling West Indies Cricket Board with their poor finances.

“We are in discussions with the West Indies. There are several separate issues here,” Clarke told the BBC’s Test Match Special. “We have a contractual commitment to Sky and BBC”.

“We have said we are interested in more preparation for the Twenty20 World Cup. The new captain would benefit from more opportunity to captain” he added.

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