The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has agreed to India’s request for a few tour games before the five-Test series. A top official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the event on Friday (July 2).
This follows the phone calls directly from BCCI secretary Jay Shah to ECB chairman Ian Whatmore and CEO Tom Harrison.
The schedule is being figured out. The tour games will happen later this month, in Durham possibly, where the Indian team is scheduled to possess their pre-series preparation.
The Indian team management and therefore the BCCI had sought a few first-class games and requested the house board (ECB) to organize a minimum of one if two weren’t possible. A spokesman for the ECB said the hosts are performing on BCCI’s request.
“We are conscious of an invitation from the BCCI to play a three-day warm-up match against a County Select XI as a part of the Indian Men’s Test team’s build-up to the five-match Test series. We are working through the operations and COVID-19 protocols to make sure we are ready to deliver this and can confirm in due course.”
The ECB had earlier said that tour games weren’t possible due to COVID protocols, restrictions, and therefore the unavailability of County teams in England.
As per the present program, India’s Test team is currently on an opportunity following the planet Test Championship final and can assemble in Durham on July 14. they’re scheduled to possess the camp at the Emirates Riverside Stadium till Lammas, after which they’re going to proceed to Nottingham for the primary Test which starts at Trent Bridge on August 4.
The talk about tour games started after the WTC final when Kohli expressed frustration over the lack of practice matches before the Test series. “We wanted first-class games, which I think haven’t been given to us. I do not know what the explanations for that are. But yeah, aside from that I feel our preparation time is going to be ample for us to be ready for the primary Test,” the India skipper had said.