The Indian men’s cricket team led by Virat Kohli and Mithali Raj-led women’s team took off for United Kingdom early today. Both the team are flying in the same chartered flight in a historic first. Upon reaching, they will head into a straight 10-day quarantine. It is notable that the India men and women’s team will be in action in the UK for the next couple of months. While India men will play five-match Test series against Englishmen, India women will play one-off day which will be followed by three-match ODI and T20I series.
Before the departure, Indian Skipper Virat Kohli and Chief Coach Ravi Shastri backed sending different teams on different tours to reduce cricketers’ physical and mental fatigue as well as expand the sport.
While the India Test team will be busy in England, the BCCI is planning to send a limited-overs squad for the white-ball series in Sri Lanka in July. The details of the series haven’t been worked out, but the squad going to Sri Lanka will comprise several players who have represented India, like Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw and Hardik Pandya.
India will play five Test matches in 42 days against England in August-September.
India Chief Coach Ravi Shastri said that the World Test Championship final should be a best-of-three affair in the long run and not a one-off match like his side is set to play against New Zealand in the inaugural edition. Team India is scheduled to play the WTC final against New Zealand in Southampton from 18th of June and five games against England starting 4th of August.
Earlier, former India skipper Kapil Dev had also expressed the similar views to have best-of-three affair.