After the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) got abruptly suspended due to COVID-19 cases inside the bubble, there was not much cricket played. Not much international cricket was scheduled in May while June also witnessed bare minimum matches. However, July 2021 looks set to be the busiest month of year 2021 with as many as 51 matches to be played at the highest level.
39 Men’s and 11 Women’s international games are scheduled to take place in July and there is no respite in terms of T20 leagues as well. T20 Blast is currently in progress while County Championship will also resume with English summer in full flow. And then The Hundred’s inaugural season among Men’s and Women’s is set to get underway on July 21.
This must leave fans excited as there is a lot of cricket to be played over the next four weeks or so. The ongoing series between West Indies-South Africa and England-Sri Lanka are set to finish in the next couple of days. However, a whopping five international series will start and end in July itself which indicates the hectic schedule at the top level.
Rather India has sent its second string to Sri Lanka for three ODIs and as many T20I with the top 25 players in the country in England for the five-match Test series starting on August 4. Apart from India’s tour of Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe will face Bangladesh at home, Pakistan will tour England, Australia will challenge the Caribbean side and South Africa will tour Ireland in this month.
Add to this, 15 Women’s international games between India-England, Pakistan-West Indies and Netherlands-Ireland. No doubt this will be an action-packed month with most of the international teams in action and fans will be looking forward to a busy July to support their favourite teams.