India to play two tour games before England series

In a major relief for the Virat Kohli-led Team India, the England cricket board has reportedly agreed to arrange couple of warm-up game against select County sides in Durham for the visitors before they take on hosts in a five-match Test rubber.

Earlier, Kohli had expressed his displeasure over absence of practise mtches games for them before the before the Test series against England.

As per a report in Cricbuzz, the ECB and the BCCI have finalised two tour games for the Indian cricket team in Durham.

Earlier, ECB reportedly had said that the tour games were not possible due to COVID protocols, restrictions and the unavailability of County teams in England.

However, with BCCI’s late request, the hosts have agreed to include a three-day warm-up match against a County select XI for the Indian team.

“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,” Cricbuzz quoted an ECB spokesperson as saying.

The Indian team is presently enjoying a break in UK and will assemble on July 14 in Durham, where they would practise and play their tour games before heading to Nottingham for the first Test, starting on August 4.

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