The preparatory camp of the Indian cricket team, which is scheduled to take place in Dharamsala, may not happen, as per a report in The Hindu suggests.
Indian players are scheduled to take part in the camp in Dharamsala, but many of the players are a part of the limited overs side, which automatically rules them out of the contention. Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, is also on rest and will not attend the camp.
India’s Test specialists have already been released to play Ranji Trophy, and the board is left with hardly any play to organise the camp. Only Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujaraja, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are available for the camp as their respective teams have not qualified for the Ranji Trophy semifinals.
The idea to organise the camp was forwarded by BCCI Secretary, Amitabh Choudary, which came as a surprise due to team India’s cramped schedule. Soon after the end of the ongoing India-Sri Lanka series, the Test players will fly to South Africa and will reach there on December 28.
Due to the busy schedule and no time to prepare, BCCI has already cancelled the practice game which was to be played from December 29 to 30. Instead, the board will hire a ground with fast pitches to have an intense practice session.
Already, the team management has asked the board to provide them with four extra pacers which will give Indian batsmen an opportunity to prepare well before the series.
Since there is no room for any camp, it might eventually get cancelled, and an official confirmation might come out soon.
The India tour of South Africa starts on January 5 with the first Test to be played in Cape Town. Centurion and Johannesburg will host the succeeding two Test matches. After the end of the Test series, both the teams will play six ODIs and three T20Is. Indian batsmen will be put to the test here where bounce of South African pitches will test their abilities.
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