An official from BCCI confirmed that the ECB has accepted India’s request for a couple of tour games ahead of the 5 Test series against England in August. This was after the phone call between BCCI secretary Jay Shah and ECB chairman Ian Whatmore and Tom Harrison.
It is difficult for the England board to schedule practice matches for India because of the packed schedule of England players. The ECB is trying to put together an XI combining all the county sides to give the Indian side a warm-up match before the big-ticket Test series.
As per the current program, the Indian team is on a break following the World Test Championship final. The warm-up games will take place later this month, in Durham possibly, where the Indian players are scheduled to have their pre-series preparation sessions.
The English board confirmed that “The Hundred” is starting from July 23rd, they will select the strongest squad from the players who are not participating in “The Hundred” for the warm-up tour against India.
The Indian captain, Virat Kohli also expressed his frustration over the lack of practice before the World Test Championship Final against New Zealand.
India straight away jumped into the World Test Championship finals without any first-class games or practice matches. Unlike India, New Zealand had a 2-match series against the hosts, England just before the final. New Zealand won this series by 0-1 and also lifted the World Test Championship Title later in England.
The Indian team is scheduled to begin with their practice sessions from July 15th onwards and will prepare at the venue until August 1st before heading to Trent Bridge, Nottingham ahead of the first Test match of the 5-match series on August 4th.