Only Two Intra-Squad Games for India Despite Repeated Requests

Not having matches against county teams has India upset, and their Captain, Virat Kohli indicated disapproval. The Covid agreement is such that India will not be allowed a couple of practice games before the India vs. England Test Match. So instead, they’ll only get two intra-squad four-day matches at Durham’s Riverside, despite the BCCI’s numerous appeals to England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for more.

Nonetheless, after the intra-squad games, India will engage in the forthcoming test series, the Indian Team for England tour. Here are more details.

India vs. England Test Series 2021 Schedule

  • 1st Test is from 4th to 8th August, 2021, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
  • 2nd Test is from 12th to 16th August, 2021, at Lord’s London.
  • 3rd Test is from 25th to 29th August, 2021, at Headingley, Leeds.
  • 4th Test is from 2nd to 6th September, 2021, at Kennington Oval, London.
  • 5th Test is from 10th to 14th September, 2021, at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Indian Squads for Test Series against England

The following cricketers were to be in the final squad but, because of physical trauma, had to be taken off and replaced:

  • Sundar Washington got a finger injury.
  • Avesh Khan fractured his thumb.
  • Shubman Gill had left leg shin splints.

Therefore, here’s a list of confirmed final Team India players:

  1. Captain Virat Kohli.
  2. Vice Captain Ajinkya Rahane.
  3. Mayank Agarwal.
  4. Chetaswar Pujara.
  5. Shardul Thakur.
  6. Rishabh Pant.
  7. Rohit Sharma.
  8. Axar Patel.
  9. Ravichandran Ashwin.
  10. Mohammad Shami.
  11. Ishant Sharma.
  12. Mohammad Siraj.
  13. Lukesh Rahul.
  14. Umesh Yadav.
  15. Ravindra Jadeja.
  16. Hanuma Vihari.
  17. Wriddhiman Saha.
  18. Jasprit Bumrah.
  19. Abhimanyu Easwaran.
  20. Prithvi Shaw.
  21. Suryakumar Yadav.

Reserve players are Prasidh Krishna and Arzan Nagwaswalla.

Covid Dilemma

BCCI also intimated that no selectors would fly for the 2021 Test Series. These include selectors like Chairman Sharma Chetan and Senior Sunil Josh. The reason for this is the tough Covid quarantine guidelines. This season of 2021 alone, there have been many cases of Indian players getting the covid virus. It’s also the reason India has been red-listed by the UK.

On 14th July, Training assistant Dayanand Garani was positive for Covid. Moreover, his close contacts, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Wriddhiman Saha, and coach Bharat Arun, were isolated. The trio rejoined their team in Durham for the warm-ups. Garani is yet to join them. Rishabh Pant just recently got better after contracting Covid and joined his team on 22nd July.

There could be unforeseen elements such as covid or injuries ahead of the five-match Test series for India vs. England that may prompt more shuffling of players. However, that doesn’t reduce the excitement many look forward to for the new WTC Cycle. Read the latest sports news only on Pure Win News. 

Reference Resource:

  1. https://www.news18.com/cricketnext/news/india-vs-england-2021-only-two-intra-squad-games-for-india-despite-repeated-requests-3892352.html
  2. https://www.thebridgechronicle.com/sports/india-tour-of-england-no-practice-games-virat-kohli-and-co-likely-to-play-intra-squad-matches
  3. https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/india-in-england-2021-prithvi-shaw-suryakumar-yadav-to-join-india-test-squad-in-england-1270982
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