Although the Indian cricketers have got some time off due to the suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL) because of the COVID-19 crisis, a hectic few months await the athletes. It's a packed cricketing schedule for both men's and women's teams and with the men's tour of Sri Lanka confirmed in July, the Indian board will field two different units altogether as the Test side will already be in England prepping up for the Tests against the home country.
In an update of the white-ball tour in July, it is now being confirmed that Team India will play 5 T20Is against Sri Lanka along with the 3 ODIs. While earlier it was announced that the teams will face off in 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs, there were talks in place to increase the number of T20Is to 5. The T20I series will not only help the Men in Blue test their bench strength but will give good match practice prior to the T20 World Cup later this year.
Indian women to play maiden pink-ball Test in Australia later this year
Meanwhile, it was also confirmed earlier on Thursday that the women's team will play their maiden pink-ball Test in Australia later in 2021. The announcement was made by BCCI secretary Jay Shah. Prior to that, the Indian women's team will play its first Test in seven years from June 16 in England and will board the same flight to the United Kingdom as the men's team.