VVS Laxman, the current head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), will lead a Twenty20 team to Ireland, according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). On June 26 and 28, India will play two Twenty20 matches in Dublin.
“He will travel with the Indian team to Dublin,” said BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, confirming that VVS Laxman will take charge of the India T20 team in the absence of Rahul Dravid, who will be with an Indian team in England.
The squad will probably comprise young rising stars who have been performing well in IPL. As the senior team will be busy in England. This series will be a great opportunity for the young stars to make a name for themselves and get selected for the senior team.
The arrangement is similar to last year, when Dravid, then the NCA’s head, took a white ball side to Sri Lanka while Ravi Shastri was in England with the Test team. This is the second time it is happening that one nation will be playing two international series at the same time.
Meanwhile, tickets for the county’s warm-up Twenty20 game against India on July 3 have been sold out, according to the Northamptonshire County Cricket Club (NCCC). “Northamptonshire County Cricket Club are delighted to welcome the Indian men’s T20 side to The County Ground this summer after hosting the Indian women’s team last year,” the NCCC said.
“The game is nearly sold out, so we’re looking forward to an incredible atmosphere and some high-quality cricket. The match will also be live-streamed so fans from both teams can watch from afar,” a county spokesman told Cricbuzz on Monday (May 23). The game will be held at the Northampton County Ground (Wantage Road), which has a seating capacity of approximately 6500. Josh Cobb is an actor.