Because the two-match series in Ireland next month clashes with the Test squad’s preparation in England, National Cricket Academy president VVS Laxman is set to coach the Indian team. Head coach Rahul Dravid will be in England with the Test team ahead of the series, which begins on July 1 with a one-off Test.


The four-day practice match against Leicester prior to the Test will take place from June 24-27, which falls on the same weekend as the two T20s in Ireland. “Dravid will be busy with the Test team in England, hence Laxman will most likely be with the T20 squad in Ireland,” a BCCI source told PTI.


Last year, when then-head coach Ravi Shastri was with the Test team in England and NCA head Dravid was with the limited-overs group in Sri Lanka, a similar scenario emerged. Laxman, who followed Dravid at NCA, had previously represented India in the World Cup in the Caribbean with the victorious Under-19 side. It’s also possible that the England and Ireland teams will be selected separately.


For the England trip, which will include one Test, three T20s, and as many ODIs as possible, a full-strength squad is likely to be selected. India will host South Africa for five T20 Internationals commencing June 9 a week after the IPL final. All-format senior players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah are likely to be rested when the roster is announced on May 22.