It seems like BCCI’s request to arrange two practice games ahead of the Australian tour is likely to happen. Cricket Australia has been very cooperative in the talks with BCCI to organise the practice games for India. Initially, only one game has been planned to get Indians to acclimatise to the conditions.
Originally, India is scheduled to play one three-day match after the conclusion of the T20I format of the game. However, the respective Australian board is trying to tweak the schedule by embedding one more practice game for India.
Initially, it was planned to run a practice game simultaneously to the T20I series. However, later, Australia decided against it, as they feared that India would not play their full side in the T20I game.
Meanwhile, CoA talks with Cricket Australia seems to go finely. The Australian board is trying to make use of the gap between the T20I series to Test series to adjust one more practice game for India.
“Talks have been positive. There should be an official announcement soon. After the team made a request for another practice match, we had to find a way to slot it in. CA has been extremely helpful in understanding the situation,” said a BCCI official.
India to play Australia across the formats:
Team India will tour Australia in the mid-November to take on Australia across formats. They will start the tour with three T20I fixtures, which begins on November 21st at the Gabba, Brisbane.
It will be followed by the games in Melbourne and Sydney on 23rd and 25th of November respectively. After a considerable ten-day gap, the team will take on Australians in the red-ball format four times.
The tour will end with three ODI games which will be played on January 12th, 15th and 18th. All in all, a hectic schedule is on the way for team India.