Big names similar to skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma will not be half of the tour as they will be engaged in a marquee 5-match Test collection in England. (Getty Images)
KOLKATA: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Sunday mentioned that the Indian workforce, sans the highest gamers, will tour Sri Lanka in July for a limited overs bilateral collection.
Big names similar to skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma will not be half of the tour as they will be engaged in a marquee 5-match Test collection in England.
“We have planned a white ball series for the senior men’s team during the month of July where they will play T20 Internationals and ODIs in Sri Lanka,” Ganguly informed PTI in an interplay.
Asked how will India segregate the 2 groups, Ganguly mentioned that it will be a distinct facet, which will not have anybody from the outfit that will be in the United Kingdom at the moment.
“Yes, it will be a team of white ball specialists. It will be a different team,” the previous India captain mentioned, making it clear that the cricket board additionally has the preparation of white ball regulars in thoughts.
There will be at the least 5 T20 Internationals and could also be three ODIs in Sri Lanka.
India’s tour of England will finish on September 14 and with the schedule of the rest of IPL but to be chalked out, the BCCI would need the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal to be match prepared.
“The BCCI president is very keen that all our top players are match ready and since England doesn’t have a white ball leg the month of July can be utilized well,” a BCCI supply informed PTI whereas explaining the logic behind the tour.
For the Kohlis and Sharmas, they needn’t come from UK, which has in place some onerous quarantine guidelines.
“Technically, in the month of July there are no official senior India team matches. The Test squad will be playing intra squad games.
“So there isn’t any hurt in India’s white ball consultants getting some match time and selectors additionally get to repair the lacking jigsaws in choice puzzle.”
This will give the team a chance to carry out experiments, like whether it will be Chahal, Rahul Chahar or Rahul Tewatia for the leg break bowler’s slot, if Chetan Sakariya can be tried as left-arm option, whether Devdutt Padikkal or Shreyas Iyer gets fit to play by then.
Not to forget that Prithvi Shaw’s international career could get a boost with this white ball tournament, with Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan also getting a chance to stake their claims.