According to recent reports, there could be an addition of a T20I series between India and New Zealand ahead of the T20 World Cup. Since the mega-event will be played in India in the month of October/November, several boards are willing to visit the subcontinent giants for a T20I series to acclimatize with the conditions.
A BCCI source has revealed that Black Caps are likely to travel to India to take on Virat Kohli’s side for a short format series – the discussion was held in the BCCI Apex Council Meeting on Sunday but the details have not been finalized yet.
The introduction of the New Zealand series is taken in view of playing the maximum possible T20 matches before the World Cup. Both sides lost in the semi-finals of the 2016 T20 World Cup and would like to go a couple of steps further in 2021.
As quoted by NDTV Sports, the source said, “The venues and detailing will be done in some time. But the idea is to play maximum T20 games with an eye on the T20 World Cup. It will help the boys prepare.”
A jam-packed schedule in 2021 awaits Team India
After playing fewer than scheduled matches in 2020 due to the lockdown owing to the covid-19 virus, 2021 will see Team India compete for a lot of time on the field.
After the tour to Australia, Virat Kohli, who returns to the team after missing out on 3 Tests to attend the birth of his child, will lock horns with Joe Root and his team for 4 Tests, 5 T20Is, and 3 ODIs.
The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League is expected to begin late in April – this time in India – and will extend till May 2021. Post-IPL, India will visit neighbours, Sri Lanka for a white-ball tour; Asia Cup 2021 is also scheduled to be held in the Island nation, and India will look to defend its title of Asian – Asia Cup 2021 will be played in the T20 format.
The Men in Blue are expected to visit Zimbabwe for 3 ODIs and as many T20Is before taking a flight to England for an important 5-Test series.
Ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup at home, Virat Kohli’s brigade is likely to host Quinton de Kock’s South Africa and Kane Williamson’s New Zealand.