If reports are believed to be true, then the Indian team is all set to play more cricket before the mega tournament of T20 World Cup in Australia. According to a news in Cricket Addictor, TOI has reported that India will have three white-ball overseas tour after the series in England and before the T20 WC in Australia. It is interesting to note that the decision comes as a generous nature from the BCCI in order to help the board earn some revenue from the lucrative Indian tour.
As per the already set scheduled, after the Sri Lankan series which will start from the 24th February, India will host Afghanistan for an ODI series. Players will be busy in IPL after that. The tournament will run until May after which South Africa are expected to tour India for 5 T20s.
Then there is the England tour where India will not only play the 5th test match (of the last year series) but also 3 ODIs and # T20s. The side will then tour West Indies for the white-ball formats. Then there is the Asia cup which will be held in the T20 format. Since the hosting rights is given to Pakistan, it is unclear whether the Indian team will participate in that tournament.
After the Asia cup, Australia will tour India for Tests and T20 series. After the series, India will head down to Australia for the mega tournament.
India likely to field two set of teams – Reports
According to a news report given by Cricket Addictor, the Indian think tank has already short-listed 35 players who will represent India in the additional white ball tours. The additional tours are also adjusted in order to provide more T20 games for the national side so that they could be well prepared for the marquee tournament in Australia.
Are additional tours needed before an all-important T20 World cup?
After India made a shocking exit in the last year’s T20 World Cup, there were speculations in the cricketing fraternity that the Indian team probably played too much cricket and were physically and mentally fatigued. With almost a desperate desire to end the ICC tournament drought, it is worth contemplating whether additional tours are needed and if yes, then how workload management will be carried out for players.