India’s long and hectic schedule in Australia likely to be modified by Cricket Australia with a few changes made in between in accordance with BCCI’s proposal.
The last overseas tour of India for the year would be against the mighty Kangaroos. A power packed schedule comprising T20Is, ODIs and test matches would commence from November 21 in Brisbane with the T20I series.
India is well aware of the bouncy and pace conditions prevailing in the continent which is in dire contrast with the slow and turning pitches at home. India has been known to face troubles with the pace and bounce in the past and Australia knows very well how to turn this weakness of theirs into an advantage.
The Kangaroos specialize in pace bowling in comparison to the spin bowling while the visitors are known for their strength in the latter. So to facilitate this strength of the existing bowlers, Cricket Australia prepares pitches which are fast and bouncy. The spin bowling remains almost ineffective while the bowlers possessing a good pace and swinging abilities succeed in the conditions.
India’s lack of expertise in facing short pitch deliveries have already come into the limelight which has increased woes for the BCCI and the Indian cricket team. In order to counter the pace challenge of the Australians and to get accustomed to the conditions prevailing over there, BCCI has requested to make certain modifications in the existing schedule.
It was decided earlier that India would be playing only one 3-day practice match after the completion of the T20I series. However BCCI has requested CA to arrange for another practice match ahead of the Border-Gavaskar test series.
The trophy currently is owned by India and they would certainly look forward to retain it this year too. So, the BCCI wants the team to be further acquainted with the conditions for that. It has proposed the inclusion of another practice match in the 10 days gap between the T20I and the test series. Cricket Australia too has taken up the request with eagerness and has assured to make arrangements for the same soon.
One of the BCCI officials reported that CA has been quite cooperative in this regard and that it doesn’t seem a mammoth task to make such changes in the schedule. The men in blue wanted some more matches in those conditions which are a bit alien and hence they had to go with such a proposal well beforehand.
“Talks have been positive. There should be an official announcement soon. After the team made a request for another practice match, we had to find a way to slot it in. CA has been extremely helpful in understanding the situation.”