India Tour of England: BCCI & Virat Kohli happy with ECB’s confirmation on tour match vs Select County XI

India Tour of England: BCCI & Virat Kohli happy with ECB's confirmation on tour match vs Select County XI. The test series begins on August 4.
India Tour of England: BCCI & Virat Kohli happy with ECB's confirmation on tour match vs Select County XI. The test series begins on August 4.

India tour of England – India vs Select County XI: Virat Kohli-led India wanted to play quality side in a practice game before the 5-match test series against England – and the good news is that wish has been granted. The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed to BCCI that a three-day practice match with Select County XI will be arranged for the Indian team from July 20 to 22. Both BCCI & the Indian captain are extremely pleased with the development according to a report.

“We have got what we have wanted. We can understand organising a tour game is difficult at this stage,” said a source connected to the team as quoted by Cricbuzz.

The Indian players are currently on break and they will regroup in Durham for the pre-series camp on July 14. Trent Bridge, Nottingham will host the opening Test beginning August 4.

Earlier, ECB had confirmed that there will be no warm-up matches. Instead, India will play two intra-squad matches as planned in Durham. India suffered an embarrassing eight-wicket loss against New Zealand in the WTC Final.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah had spoken to ECB chairman Ian Whatmore and CEO Tom Harrison for a competitive warm-up game.

India Tour of England: BCCI & Virat Kohli happy with ECB’s confirmation on tour match vs Select County XI

“As far as we are concerned, their schedule remains the same. They have a camp in Durham from July 15 and will play two four-day intra-squad matches amongst their extended playing squad. We don’t expect this to change,” an ECB spokesperson had earlier told TOI.

But the ECB refused to confirm BCCI’s official request for warm-up matches. “No not that we are aware of,” the spokesperson had added.

India tour of England, Ind vs Eng: Initially, Virat Kohli and company was scheduled to play India ‘A’, who were also supposed to be in the UK for two first-class games at Northamptonshire and Leicestershire respectively. But the current COVID situation in the country and the travel restrictions, the plans have been shelved. Instead, a camp in Durham has been set up.

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India Tour of England: BCCI & Virat Kohli happy with ECB’s confirmation on tour match vs Select County XI

India’s tour of England, 2021-22
Sr. Date Match Venue
1 4th – 8th August 1st Test vs England Nottingham
2 12th – 16th August 2nd Test vs England London (Lord’s)
3 25th – 29th August 3rd Test vs England Leeds
4 2nd – 6th September 4th Test vs England London (Oval)
5 10th – 14th September 5th Test vs England Manchester

 

India’s squad: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper).

Standby players: Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla

India tour of England: Virat Kohli & Co likely to play Select County XI

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