India A’s tour of England postponed, BCCI to send extended squad of 30 for India senior’s Test tour


LONDON: India A’s tour of England this summer has been postponed and the senior team will now have an integrated jumbo squad for the five-match Test series in England later this year, the ECB and the BCCI agreed on Tuesday.
The senior team, which is to play five Tests against England in August-September, will now have only two intra-squad practice games instead of the first-class fixture between India senior and India A teams planned earlier.
It is believed that the decision has been taken to ensure the safest possible environment for a high quality international series in times of COVID-19.
“The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have agreed to postpone this summer’s men’s India A tour,” ECB said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The India Men’s team will instead tour with a larger squad to prepare for, and use during, the five-match LV= Insurance Test Series.”
“India’s warm-up schedule will now comprise two intra-squad four-day matches, which will replace the two previously planned four-day fixtures between India Men and India A in July. Venues for those two intra-squad matches are to be confirmed.”