"Jay (Shah) will be speaking to ECB and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tom Harrison to make an arrangement for two warm-up games before the five-Test match series," BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said.
New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) wants two practice matches for the Indian team ahead of the five-match Test series during the England summer from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). For this, Secretary Jay Shah will request the ECB.
"Jay (Shah) will be speaking to ECB and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tom Harrison to make an arrangement for two warm-up games before the five-Test match series," BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal told the Indian Express. "The secretary felt that the BCCI should request the ECB to give at least two warm-up games so that players can get in some good match practice before the series starts."
Kohli said after India's loss in the WTC final, fitness and consistency allows New Zealand bowlers to bowl long spells in the same areas which often leads to breakthroughs. "I truly believe that we did not put him under enough pressure. We allowed him to bowl in similar areas for long periods of time and probably didn't work out the areas that we could score against him, and that was probably down to his consistency, as well."
There is a gap of six weeks between now and the start of the Test series, and following India's performance in the World Test Championship final, in which they lost to New Zealand by eight wickets, The Indian Express has reported that Jay Shah Vice President of the Board The team has spoken to the management and the decision has been taken collectively.
Currently, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, both the BCCI and the ECB had decided to postpone India A tour. Otherwise, this tour is definitely done before the main tour.
Following their loss to New Zealand, the Indian team has been given a three-week break before the first Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on 4 August. Players have been given permission to travel but will be called immediately if needed.