That India is the country that brings in the moolah for other countries has been known in cricketing circles for a while now. A tour by the Indian cricket team rings in the cash like no other tour and even a World Cup does not get anywhere close to the revenues that an India tour generates for the host country.

Despite all this, there is a reluctance to give Indian cricket its due, especially among the old powers. They will scramble to get the Indian team to their country even out of turn, too, as can be seen by the schedule announced by the England and Wales Cricket Board for the next year.

The Indian team generally tours another country every four years, but despite touring England for a five-Test series in 2018, England is ready to host it in three years in 2021 for another five-Test series. The Indian team will thus have been in England four times in four years starting with the…

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