The Cricket Board of India (BCCI) has formally requested the English and Welsh Cricket Board (ECB) to arrange a three-day warm-up match against a provincial XI team for the Indian team ahead of the Test series, which starts on 4 August in Nottingham.
An ECB spokesman confirms the development Sportster: “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 for the five-series Test series.
Although sources in the BCCI indicated that the match could be held between 20 and 23 July, the ECB spokesperson explained: “We are working through the operations and COVID-19 protocols to ensure that we can deliver and will confirm in due course . “
Sportster understands that BCCI Secretary Jay Shah recently had a call with Ian Whatmore, President of the ECB, and Tom Harrison to discuss the issue.
After spending two weeks in London, the Indian team will gather in Durham for a camp starting on 15 July. From now on, the team plans to play in-group matches at the Riverside and prepare for the venue until August 1st.
After losing the World Cup final last week, The Indian captain, Virat Kohli, said that the team wanted to play some warm-up matches against the county teams before the English Tests. With protocol and bio-bubble in place, it initially seemed difficult, but now, with the BCCI formally making a request, the team is likely to get a match against a selected XI.
Talk to Sportster, a Durham spokesman said they were awaiting details. “As far as we know, everything will be in a bubble, behind closed doors,” the spokesman said.