As per reports, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had requested the ECB to organize a couple of tour games ahead of the Test series, which starts on 4th August 2021. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has also agreed to India’s request and are currently contemplating the same, a top official of the BCCI confirmed the development to Cricbuzz on Friday.
The schedule is currently being worked out. The Indian team management and the BCCI had sought a couple of first-class games and requested the home board (ECB) to organise at least one if two were not possible. A spokesman for the ECB said the hosts are working on BCCI’s request.
The Indian Cricket Team players are currently enjoying a break before they assemble in Durham on 14th July. The Men in Blue will organize a camp at the Emirates Riverside Stadium till August 1st. After that, the team will head to Nottingham for the first Test, starting at Trent Bridge on August 4.
“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’s build-up to the five-match Test series. We are working through the operations and COVID-19 protocols to ensure we are able to deliver this and will confirm in due course.”
Earlier, ECB denied staging any tour games due to Covid protocols and the unavailability of county teams in England. However, after Virat Kohli pressed on the need of playing warm-up games, England agreed to the request.
“We obviously wanted first-class games, which I believe have not been given to us. I don’t know what the reasons for that are. But yeah, other than that I think our preparation time will be ample for us to be ready for the first Test,” the India skipper had said.