BCCI formally seeks warm-up from ECB for Team India

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File photo of Indian Test team
File photo of Indian Test team.

The Indian Test team members are on a vacation in England after debacle in the ICC World Test Series Final. The team will reassemble on July 14 and get into the serious business of dealing with the hosts in the five-Test series.

Lack of match practice has been a major factor behind the clueless India’s defeat in the WTC Final against New Zealand. The Board of Control for Cricket in India and the team management are looking to make amends ahead of the test against England. The first Test is slated for August 4 in Nottingham.

The BCCI has placed a formal request to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for a three-day warm-up match against a county select XI side for Virat Kohli and Co.

“We are aware of a request from the BCCI to play a three-day warm-up match against a County Select XI as part of the Indian Men’s Test team’s build-up to the five-match Test series,” an ECB spokesperson has reportedly told Sportstar: “.

While the ECB is working through the operations and Covid-19 protocols before responding to the Indian board’s request, and BCC official has hinted that the match might take place between July 20 and 23.

Sportstar understands that the BCCI secretary Jay Shah had a call with ECB chief Ian Whatmore and Tom Harrison recently to discuss the issue.

The Indian will assemble in Durham for a camp, which will be beginning on July 15. The team also has plans to play intra-squad matches at the Riverside and prepare at the venue until August 1.