India to travel England with huge squad for Test series preparation
India will tour England with a huge squad to prepare for, and use during, the five-match Test series. The decision comes following the decision of postponing India A’s tour of England.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) agreed on the postponement of the tour scheduled for this summer due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Previously Indian senior team was supposed to play two four-day matches against the India A in July ahead of the Test series. But now with the postponement of A team’s tour, India’s warm-up schedule will comprise two intra-squad four-day matches instead.
However, the venues for those two intra-squad matches are yet to be confirmed.
The blockbuster five-match Test series between India and England will begin on August 4. The five matches will take place at Trent Bridge, Lord’s, Emerald Headingley, the Kia Oval, and Emirates Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, the ECB has also held talks with cricket boards of the other three visiting teams this summer — New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan — and agreed to cancel their tour matches against English county teams.
As a result, all three visiting teams will also play intra-squad matches to prepare for the internationals against England this summer.
According to ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, these agreements will allow the ECB to “focus on delivering the safest possible environment for all international cricket matches scheduled to take place over the summer”.
“We look forward to welcoming a men’s India A tour at a later date after this summer and when restrictions have eased. It will provide a valuable opportunity for players from both countries to experience high-quality cricket and to showcase the talent within our England Lions team and first-class counties.”