Millennium Post (Kolkata)

India A's tour of England postponed

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LONDON: India A's tour of England this summer has been postponed and the senior team will now have an integrated jumbo squad for the fivematch Test series in England later this year, the ECB and the BCCI agreed on Tuesday. The senior team, which is to play five Tests against England in AugustSept­ember, will now have only two intra-squad practice games instead of the first-class fixture between India senior and India A teams planned earlier.

It is believed that the decision has been taken to ensure the safest possible environmen­t for a high quality internatio­nal series in times of COVID-19.

"The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have agreed to postpone this summer's men's India A tour," ECB said in a statement on Tuesday. "The India Men's team will instead tour with a larger squad to prepare for, and use during, the five-match LV= Insurance Test Series." "India's warm-up schedule will now comprise two intra-squad fourday matches, which will replace the two previously planned fourday fixtures between India Men and India A in July. Venues for those two intra-squad matches are to be confirmed."

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