Indian cricket team will be playing three additional practice games other than two warm-up games scheduled by the International Cricket Council (ICC) before the T20 World Cu p. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning on sending the entire squad including net bowler and standby players right after the third T20I against South Africa.
India is currently hosting Australia for a three-match T20I series. The Men in Blue will then play three T20Is against South Africa. These six games will be played in a span of two weeks with the last T20I scheduled for 4 October. The Rohit Sharma-led team will then fly to Australia on the 5th of October.
According to reports, the Indian cricket board is planning at least three additional warm-up games for India other than the two scheduled by the ICC against New Zealand (October 17) and Australia (October 18). The BCCI, after discussing with coach Rahul Dravid has decided to give more match practice to its players before they open their World Cup campaign against Pakistan in Melbourne on October 23.
“We are in talks with a few teams who will play games with us besides warm-up games kept by ICC. The entire T20 World Cup squad will travel to Australia on October 5 along with Dravid and his support staff. The Indian team which will play ODIs here against South Africa will be a second-string side coached by VVS Laxman,” a BCCI official was quoted saying by the Indian Express.
Shikhar Dhawan to lead India in ODIs
As the mainstays of the Indian cricket team will be flying to Australia for the T20 World Cup, the BCCI will be selecting its secondary players to play the three ODIs against South Africa. Senior batter Shikhar Dhawan is touted to captain the Men in Blue against South Africa with VVS Laxman coaching the side.