The Secretary of Board of Control for Cricket in India, Jay Shah is going to request ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) to hold two warm-up matches before the 5-match test series begins between India and England.
Both Shah and Indian team management agree that the players need the warm up games before commencing a long test match series.
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal told The Indian Express, “Jay Shah will be speaking to ECB and its Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison to make an arrangement for two warm-up games before the five Test match series.”
“The Secretary felt that the BCCI should request the ECB to give at least two warm-up games so that players can get in some good match practice before the series starts,” he added.
Indian cricket team did not have any warm-up matches before their World Test Championship final against New Zealand. After their defeat, the Indian team has been on a 3-week break. While they have been allowed to travel, they have been told to report immediately whenever called.
ECB CEO Harrison recently issued a statement saying that they are looking forward to staging a memorable summer of men’s and women’s international cricket when fans are set to return to venues.
The statement further said, “We look forward to welcoming a men’s India A tour at a later date after this summer and when restrictions have eased. It will provide a valuable opportunity for players from both countries to experience high-quality cricket and to showcase the talent within our England Lions team.”