The England and Wales Cricket Council (ECB) is working on the COVID-19 protocols to organize a warm-up game for the Indian squad against the Combined Countries in the third week of July as a setting for the first test in Nottingham on 4 August.
The three-day match, which can receive first-class status, will send the Indian team against “Select County XI”, which in earlier times was known as “Combined Districts”. The approximate date can be between July 20-22.
“We are known for a request from BCCI to play a three-day warm-up match against County Select XI as part of the Indian men’s test teams built in the LV series = five-match insurance tests,” said an ECB spokesman for PTI.
“We work through COVID-19 operations and protocols to ensure that we can deliver it and confirm it in a timely manner.
“The Indian test team will report to Emirates Riverside, Durham on their camp before the test on July 15 and will prepare on the spot by August 1 before heading to Trent Bridge, Nottingham before the first test starting on August 4,” a spokesman said. added.
Asked what the quality of the opposition will be, given that the “Hundred” starts on July 23, the spokesman said: “These will be players who are not in the” Hundred “and we will strive to choose the strongest team of available, ”the ECB said.
The Indians seemed underdeveloped during the Word Test Championship final against New Zealand after playing only one game on the team in the accumulation, which many experts such as Sunil Gavaskar and Alastair Cook thought was not enough before a high-intensity game.
In fact, a skipper Virat Kohli, after losing the final, expressed his dissatisfaction that he was not given a first-class game and BCCI asked the ECB for a practical game.
The leadership of the Indian team realized that it is not possible to prepare well without a proper first-class or at least warm-up game against an opposition party.
As Cook pointed out during a BBC Test Match Special broadcast, “Team games, no matter how good your intentions, are not as intense.”
“The first hour may be really competitive, but everything is going less and less. India was made difficult that way,” Cook said.