Mumbai cricket team to tour Oman ahead of T20 World Cup 2021

The Oman Cricket Association has extended an invitation to Mumbai, the reigning Ranji Trophy champions, to play three T20Is and three ODIs in Muscat before the T20 World Cup. Cricket president Pankaj Khimji confirmed the proposed series but noted the tour has yet to be finalised.

“It depends on the logistics and other permissions. We are discussing it and we would want this to happen. It will also be good for Mumbai as it will be a pre-season tour and also it is good for us as it helps us ahead of the season. We have the World Cricket League coming up in September, so it will be good if we get to play against Mumbai” Khimji stated.

After getting a formal invitation letter from Oman Cricket on Friday, MCA secretary Sanjay Naik is expected to discuss the idea with other office-bearers, coach Amol Muzumdar, and head selector Salil Ankola, before making a decision later this week.

With over a dozen elite Mumbai players either in England or preparing for the Indian Premier League (IPL), Mumbai will have to select a second-string team if it accepts the tour.

The Mumbai team would depart for Muscat on August 19 and subsequently undergo quarantine on August 20, according to the proposal handed out by Oman Cricket. The team will be able to train the next day, ahead of the three T20Is on August 22, 24, and 26. The three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) scheduled for August 29, 31, and September 2 will then follow. On September 3, the team will return home. This will allow the team to get valuable game experience and make essential adjustments before heading to the World Cup.