The BCCI appears to be the lone loser as it continues to be unable to get practise matches for Team India in England. India was clearly unprepared for the WTC final, and their performance reflected this. Now that the India vs England Test series is coming, the squad has no practise games planned.
Because Virat Kohli’s players are unlikely to receive any first-class warm-up games against county teams. The Indian team will play two intra-squad matches at Durham’s Riverside venue before the five-match India vs England test series. Virat Kohli, India’s captain, has expressed his dissatisfaction at not being granted any first-class games before the England series, which begins on August 4 in Nottingham.
However, Covid-19 is the real cause for India’s lack of warm-up matches over English countrysides. The BCCI also sought a few practise games from the England cricket board, but it was denied owing to the coronavirus epidemic.
The ECB has yet to receive a request for a practice game ahead of the India vs England test series, as per a piece in the Times of India. An ECS spokesman confirmed the same. “India’s schedule is unchanged as far as we are concerned. They will have a camp in Durham beginning July 15 and will compete in two four-day intra-group matches with their extended playing team. We don’t anticipate this to change.” The ECB representative told TOI.
Virat Kohli decried the lack of practice matches after the crushing defeat. However, this might be due to the UK’s strict Covid-19 regulations. Because the UK is rigid on red nation entries, a source close to the squad stated it would be hard to acquire any warm-up games. In the India tour of England 2021, India will go with 24 players — 20 from the official squad and four from the reserves — allowing them to play intra-squad matches.
“What’s the matter with that?” If Kohli gets out in a warm-up game, he won’t be able to practise on the centre wicket. He’ll have to practise batting in the nets. Even if you are out early in an intrasquad game, you may continue to bat and earn vital practice against your team’s top bowlers,” explained a precursor Indian cricketer.
Legends such as Sunil Gavaskar, on the other hand, have questioned how much preparation a simulated match can provide a team. In the past, the touring teams have played numerous first-class matches against county teams. In simulated matches, unlike an actual first-class match, a batter can bat again if he is out fast, so there won’t be much preparation.
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