India likely to play tour games before the England Tests

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has agreed to a couple of tour games with India ahead of the five match Test series, a senior official from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the news.

The Indian team management and the BCCI had requested that ECB to organise at least one first-class match if two were not possible. According to an ECB official, the hosts are working on the BCCI’s request.

“We are aware of a request from the BCCI to play a three-day warm-up match against a County Select XI as part of the Indian Men’s Test team’s build-up to the five-match Test series. We are working through the operations and COVID-19 protocols to ensure we are able to deliver this and will confirm in due course,” an ECB spokesman said.

Following the World Test Championship final, the Indian Test team is currently on a break, with many of them enjoying athletic events such as the Euros and Wimbledon. They will meet on July 14 in Durham, where they will be based until August 1 at the Emirates Riverside Stadium. The opening Test of the five-match series will begin on August 4 in Nottingham.