Team India to play intra-squad matches in Durham ahead of England tests: Reports | Locust
The Indian side headed by Virat Kohli will play a few intra-squad matches in Durham before facing Joe Root’s England in the five-game Test Series which begins in August 2021. The tour is unlikely to heat up in first. -class matches against county teams before embarking on the series.
As reported by the PTI news agency, the BCCI had asked the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for a few practice matches. However, the Covid-19 situation will not allow such a plan to go forward. Captain Kohli had also expressed his displeasure at not having had any first-class matches before the England series, starting from Nottingham on August 4.
“Due to COVID-19 protocols, they will play two four-day intra-team matches before the first test in August,” an ECB spokesperson told PTI.
When asked if there was a chance of a game against the county teams, the spokesperson replied “No”.
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In England, cricketers from various counties are regularly tested for COVID but are not kept in any bubbles. The Indian team, once assembled in London on July 14 and moved to Durham, will again be in a bubble.
“England’s national cricketers are not in a bubble is a problem for sure. This is why the matches in Durham will be intra-team, ”said a BCCI official on condition of anonymity.
India are currently traveling with 24 players – 20 in the official squad and four substitutes – which will allow them to play intra-squad matches. However, several cricketing experts, including former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar, questioned the degree of preparation provided by a mock match.
Touring teams, in the past, have played several first-class matches against county teams. In simulated matches, a player can beat again if they come out quickly, unlike a first class match.
(With PTI inputs)