Australia vs India 2018/19
Two Indian teams are likely to play at the same time in different venues in Australia. Image Courtesy: Getty

Last Update on: October 6th, 2018 at 01:29 pm

Team India will be touring to Australia next month and is likely to create history playing two matches at the same time in two different venues.

Two India teams to play at same time in Australia

Meanwhile, India will play three T20Is on November 21, 23 and 25 while the Test series will start from December 6. The fixtures of the first practice match are likely to overlap with the T20I matches and players who play all the formats of the game might miss a few games.

Australia vs India 2018/19
Two Indian teams might play at a same time at different venues in Australia. Image Courtesy: Getty

Moreover, it is likely that Virat Kohli might play international fixtures while Bhuvneshwar Kumar could be asked to play the practice match. Kumar, who recently recovered from an injury hasn’t played red-ball cricket for a long time. It will be interesting to see what ploy does The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) adopts to solve this issue.

However, a similar sort of scene was seen in 2017 when the Australian Test team was in India for the four-match series. Australia hosted Sri Lanka for the T20 series at the same point of time. The T20I series ended on February 22 while Test series started next day in India. Cricket Australia, however, had no problems, as they had different squads for the two formats.

The report also said both the teams would have different supporting staff. There might be a case when India A and U-19 coaching staff, headed by Rahul Dravid, might oversee the preparations of the team in the warm-up games while Ravi Shastri and co will be with the national team for the T20I series.

Meanwhile, it will be a tough challenge for the Indian team when they visit Down Under. Earlier this year, they toured South Africa and England but struggled to achieve desired results. Thus, India will look to make this series count against Australia, who will be without their two important players; Steven Smith and David Warner.

Arijit Chatterjee

An avid sports lover