BCCI to send India to England 10 days ahead of the all-important cricket tour

India won the ODI series against South Africa in a dominating fashion and are looking to emulate the same in the T20I series, as the Men in Blue have already won the 1st T20 on Sunday (18 Feb) out of the three-match series. However, the 2-1 defeat that India suffered in the Tests has not gone well with BCCI, and so the body has made sure that India enter England at least 10 days in advance to avoid a similar failure, for the upcoming series.

BCCI to send Team India to England 10 days in advance

The main aim for the BCCI is now to make sure that the team does not complain about less practice time and low quality practice, especially for the overseas cricketing series that are usually challenging, as was the case with South Africa in Tests.

Now, with the England Series fast-approaching, the BCCI has decided to send players 10 days in advance to England, for the series which is scheduled to be played from July 3rd and September 11th, 2018, which will also include a Test series in August. Not just that, the team India will also start the preparations in the first week of June, well ahead of time in order to get acclimatized.

As reported by News Bytes, a BCCI official said, “If the Indian team had spent at least 10 days in South Africa before the first Test, it would have made a lot of difference. The team is determined that each player gets enough time and exposure in England.”

BCCI to revamp India A as well

According to a report in the Times of India, BCCI sources claimed that the Rahul Dravid coached India A could see a few Test specialists enter, as the India A will also tour England before the senior team plays the five-match series starting on 1st August.

BCCI has eyes on 2019 World Cup

The BCCI official further added that the preparation practices for Team India were being reformed as the 50-over 2019 World Cup was fast-approaching, and India has eyes on the prize.

“The idea is to park more and more players in England and ensure that the cricketers are ready for the entire series. With England also scheduled to host the 50-over World Cup next year, this tour is very important for us.”

India’s tour of England to have 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs, and 5 Tests

India will visit England to begin the all-format cricket series on July 3rd with the 1st T20I of the 3-match T20 series, followed by which the men in blue will kick off the 3-match ODI series on the 12th of July. And the all-important 5-match Test series will be played between the two heavy-weights in August, starting on 1st August. The England tour would come to a conclusion on 11th September.

India to practice with Ireland, before facing England

Before the tour of England begins, India will play two T20Is in Dublin against Ireland, in June. The 2 fixtures against Ireland would be played on 27th and 29th June, respectively.
Indian team has in the recent past, emerged as the as the top contenders of world cricket, if not the champions. The special feature of the Indian cricket team is the charismatic personality of skipper Virat Kohli. Before the South Africa series had started, the 29-year-old captain had complained about not being given enough practice time and quality practice. And here is BCCI, making all the amends they need to, in order to get their hands on the 2019 World Cup.