India captain Virat Kohli said his team wanted to play first-class matches to warm up the five-Test series against England in August, and that the request was rejected for reasons he does not know.
The Indian team played the final of the World Cup without playing a first-class match in the run-up to it, while its opponent, New Zealand, who won the title on Wednesday, ready with a series of two Tests against England
The Indian team will take a three-week break from the bio-bubble on Thursday and meet again in Nottingham on July 14 to prepare for the Test series from August 4. Asked if some first-class matches in the itinerary would have been better, Kohli said: “It does not depend on us,” he said.
To put matters in perspective, it was the BCCI that asked the English and Welsh Cricket Board to cancel two official first-class matches that India would play in July in preparation for the Test series.
“We had a shadow tour through India A that had to overlap with the tour of our senior team. In fact, we had two official first class matches between India and India A that were to be held. But then we came up with a jumbo group and after talks with the ECB have canceled the matches, ” a BCCI source said PTI on condition of anonymity.
Although Kohli would have preferred first-class matches against Graaf side or English Lions (the A side), this would not have been possible as the local season lasts in the UK
The County Championship and the local T20 tournament ‘Vitality Blast’ are underway. The ‘Vitality Blast’ is followed by the long-awaited ‘The Hundred’.
It would have been difficult for India to find a good opposition that would help him prepare for the Test series.