2014: Team India Touring Cricket Schedule

After ending 2013 on a feeble note- a mere coincidence surely that it was an overseas tour that ended India’s golden streak- the team will look forward to 2014 with much trepidation. After a year that included just 2 overseas tests, Dhoni’s men now embark on a year that could very well define the near-future of this young team.
There will be a minimum of 10 tests played OVERSEAS by this team this year. There is no escaping that- and as luck would have it, India play their weakest opposition (New Zealand) for only 2 of those tests. After the ‘shortened’ South African tour, some would say that justice has been served.
Why, you ask?
Here we go:
New Zealand
ODI Series:
India arrive in NZ for their first tour in 4 years in a few days- to play their first of 5 ODI matches on 19th January. This will be on the same pitches hosting the current 5 match West Indies series- where both teams seem to be breaking batting records every few matches. India will not mind that- the small grounds and bouncy pitches could only contribute to their recent batting success. Their bowlers, though, could struggle again.
Test Series:
After the ODI series that ends on 31st January, India begin a 2 match Test series on 6th February.
1st Test will be played at Auckland.
2nd Test will be played at Wellington.
There will be NO T20s played during this tour.
ICC World T20 2014
Bangladesh
The ICC World T20 will then begin on 16th March in Bangladesh- where teams like Nepal. Hong Kong, UAE, Ireland and Afghanistan will join the elite group. West Indies are the defending Champions.
England
Test Series:
After England play Sri Lanka in 2 tests in June, India will embark on their longest test tour in ages. 5 Tests will be played between the two teams- England already looking to rebuild after a disastrous Ashes and India still finding their groove.
1st Test will be played at Nottingham.
2nd Test will be played at Lords.
3rd Test will be played at Southampton.
4th Test will be played at Manchester.
5th Test will be played at The Oval.
ODI Series:
The teams will be sick of one another by now, but the Summer continues into a 5 match ODI series from 25th August to 5th September. This will be followed by a lone T20 two days later to officially END this tour.
West Indies/New Zealand Tour Of India
It is yet to be confirmed, but there could be a 3 test, 5 ODI, 1 T20 series, with the BCCI yet to decide between West Indies or New Zealand. This will be India’s ONLY Home series in 2014. Either way, both teams haven’t won a test in India in years. It will not be very competitive.
Australia
The calendar and schedule hasn’t been put up in the Futures Program yet, but India will tour Australia in November to play their usual 4 tests for the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
There are also unconfirmed reports about a Tri-series that could involve Sri Lanka between the English and Australian Summers.
The IPL, of course, will happen in May, followed by the Champions League T20 in September.
While 2014 could turn out to be yet another 2011-12 for India (the worst Indian overseas test streak in history), this could also turn out to be one of the watershed moments for Indian cricket. They could also succeed, given their world class batting lineup, but their bowlers will really have to take something out of the leaf of Johnson, Harris and Siddle in order to be competitive.
Whatever the case, this will be a feast for cricket fans all over the world.

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