Virat Kohli And Co. To Take Larger Squad To England To Prepare For Test Series After India A Tour Postponed

Virat Kohli And Co. To Take Larger Squad To England To Prepare For Test Series After India A Tour Postponed

Indian Cricket Team, ICC World Test Championship Points Table
Indian Cricket Team. Image Credits: BCCI

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in agreement with each other decided to postpone India A tour of England which was supposed to happen alongside the Indian senior side starting on June this year.

India is supposed to travel to England in June, first for the final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC), which they will play against Kane Williamson’s New Zealand, and will be hosted at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Ravi Shastri, India
India sealed a historic Test series win in Australia [Image-Getty]
After the conclusion of this match, the Indian team will continue to stay in England for a five-Test series which begins on August 4 and concludes on September 14. Earlier, it was being reported that India had opted to practice against the India A team which would be touring England with them, instead of playing county sides for practice ahead of the Test series.

India A Tour To England Postponed

ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said: “We are looking forward to staging a memorable summer of men’s and women’s international cricket when fans are set to return to venues. Ensuring the safest possible environment for international cricket is our first priority and we are appreciative for the understanding of our fellow boards.”

India, England, ICC World Test Championship Points Table
India. Image Credits: BCCI

We look forward to welcoming a men’s India A tour at a later date after this summer and when restrictions have eased. It will provide a valuable opportunity for players from both countries to experience high-quality cricket and to showcase the talent within our England Lions team and first-class counties,” he added.

India’s Warm-Up Schedule Will Now Comprise Two Intra-Squad Four-Day Matches

This change means that the Indian team will now reportedly carry a larger squad enough to play intra-squad matches for practice. India’s warm-up schedule will now comprise two intra-squad four-day matches, which will replace the two previously planned four-day fixtures between India Men and India A in July. Venues for those two intra-squad matches are to be confirmed.

Virat Kohli And Co. To Take Larger Squad To England To Prepare For Test Series After India A Tour Postponed
Shahbaz Nadeem of India celebrates the wicket of Temba Bavuma of South Africa during day three of the third test match between India and South Africa held at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi India on the 21st October 2019
Photo by Deepak Malik / SPORTZPICS for BCCI

England will host India for five Tests at Trent Bridge, Lord’s, Emerald Headingley, the Kia Oval, and Emirates Old Trafford with the first game starting from August 4.

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